The Eagle Huntress
The Eagle Huntress (2016)

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: November 2, 2016
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Effectively stirring and bolstered by thrilling visuals, The Eagle Huntress uses its heartwarming message to fill up a feature that might have made for an even more powerful short film.

Kate Erbland

A soaring, sweet documentary that welcomes its audience into an unexpected new arena.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The outline of a modern feminist epic is always there in the background. What's surprising is how fresh and charming the movie manages to be.

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Sarah Ward

A rousing effort filled with inspiration, yet told in a thoroughly routine fashion.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

Aisholpan is one of life's trailblazers - a feminist pioneer.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This is a wonderfully realistic film. The narrative is simple, almost obvious to a fault.

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Alex Doenau

The Eagle Huntress is an organic documentary made by a director who has an affinity for the serendipitous and an eye for on screen talent and scenery.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The film's feminist message is hardly subtle, but it's still effective. And the peak into the nomad lifestyle - where an eagle just sits on a perch in the living room - is fascinating.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

Factor in the feel-good story, Bell's bracing cinematography, and his meticulous observance of the villagers' customs and environments, and the film becomes a multilayered exploration of dignity, perseverance, and progress.

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Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

Otto Bell's debut feature documentary could do, despite the narration of Daisy Ridley, with some more explanation. But while Aisholpan and Rys aren't the most giving of interview subjects, the world they inhabit is ripe for visual appreciation

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Parsons
Magical, funny, moving and uplifting doc with images that will be etched into my brain for weeks.