The Legend of Pale Male
The Legend of Pale Male (2011)

The Legend of Pale Male is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York City. It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life has an unexpected encounter… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 24, 2011
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's notable for some astounding urban wildlife footage and for the way it unintentionally reflects the giddy narcissism of the primate known as homo sapiens.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Lilien proves wholly uninterested in investigating his human subjects' habit of vigorously anthropomorphizing, and projecting their personal hopes, dreams, fears, and Daddy issues onto the striking hawk.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

This one's strictly for the birdwatchers.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

An entertaining documentary that is more heartfelt than polished.

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Ronnie Scheib

Docu offers family-friendly holiday fare.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews uplifting documentary film, unique in its subject matter and locale, which grabs your attention and keeps it for the whole film. The photography is superior in its clarity and fluidity and is worth the price of admission alone.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A sugary, aggressively anthropomorphized story of one avian interloper and a whole bunch of human obsessives.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Amateurish storytelling threatens urban-naturalist doc, but doesn't quite kill it.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...first time filmmaker Frederic Lilien would have us believe everything Red-tailed hawk Pale Male does is a personal message, but the real story gets told in spite of him and it's a wonder - beautiful, primitive, funny, tragic and ultimately hopeful.

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