The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo)
The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017)

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 23, 2017
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Ornithologist demands patient viewing from an audience attuned to symbolic pleasures -- and rewards the investment with an unusual tale of self-discovery.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Call it an exercise in staring at a screen for two hours that couldn't have ended soon enough.

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

"The Ornithologist" is both an opaque narrative and a deeply inviting one.

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Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

A geographic quest that becomes spiritual, alternating moments of idyllic repose with physical extremes, both sexual and violent, so that there are no maps to follow.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

If nothing else, will have the adventurous viewer considering a nature trip to Portugal.

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Nick Allen

There's always something to ponder with this film, which gets stranger and more polarizing as it goes along.

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David Stratton
The Australian

Even if elements of The Ornithologist are a bit baffling, it's still a visual treat and it's certainly never boring.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

If nothing else, the film reminds one of how strange and beautiful existence can be.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Won't be seen by anyone who it might shock and won't surprise anybody who's spent more than a few days around a trendy film festival sidebar.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

Certain moments, however, do achieve that spellbinding kind of strangeness, and there are also points where Rodrigues's seriousness of purpose is clear and powerful.

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