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The Birds

7.8
51,791
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Synopsis
Spoiled socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister's birthday; he recognizes Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and ... [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States The Hollywood Reporter "Like most good horror stories it is based on a simple 'what [if]' premise, with the abnormal substituted for the normal (...) Robert Burks' Technicolor photography is fine"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Xan Brooks
The Guardian
"The essential Hitchcock movie, the purest and most confident (...) Every time I watch it, I find myself more impressed with its daring, audacity and command of its material."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tom Milne
Time Out
"This is Hitchcock at his best (...) It's fierce and Freudian as well as great cinematic fun"  POS
United StatesUnited States Variety "The premise is fascinating (...) These bird raids are captivatingly bizarre and terrifying (...) Where the scenario and picture slip is in the sphere of the human element"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Kim Newman
Empire
"Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
"Alfred Hitchcock's most abstract film (1963) and perhaps his subtlest, still yielding new meanings and inflections after a dozen or more viewings."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Paul Tatara
CNN
"Even at 35, 'The Birds' still shocking, nutty"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom Telegraph "A peerless horror film (...) The bird-attack sequences are tremendously complex (...) and the absence of a score renders the horror more immediate (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Alan Jones
Radio Times
"It is now rivalled only by 'Vertigo' or 'Psycho' (...) Hitchcock is also having a laugh (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
"'The Birds', released in 1963, is the movie we need in 2018"  POS
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