Review Roundup: A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING
Just in time for spring, A Birder's Guide to Everything hits theaters today, March 21. The coming-of-age follows 15-year-old that leaves his home on the eve of his father's remarriage to embark on an adventure-filled road trip with his best friends with the hopes of marking their place in birding history by locating a rare bird.
Directed by Rob Meyer, the film stars Kodi-Smit-McPhee as 15-year-old David Portnoy, alongside Alex Wolff, Katie Chang, Michael Chen, Daniela Lavender, James Le Gros, and Ben Kingsley. The film recently won second place in the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
Stephen Holden, The New York Times: This gentle comedy, the first feature directed by Rob Meyer, is an eye opener for anyone who takes the everyday natural world for granted. It is also a quiet brief for the cultivation of intellectual curiosity and scientific exploration at an age when hormones rule so much behavior. The reminder that all around us exists a fascinating realm of almost infinite variety is stimulating.
Liliana Greenfield-Sanders, The Huffington Post: Rob and his writing partner Luke Matheny (Academy Award winner for his short film God of Love), not surprisingly, wrote a funny script that manages to maintain its heart throughout.
Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times: The brusque teen humor, underpinning turmoil and sentiment all seem to be pulled and massaged from the same organic whole, and that's refreshing in a genre so often built on gimmicks and stereotypes.
Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times: Most of "Birder's Guide" involves David and his friends (funny, real-seeming kids, played by Alex Wolff, Michael Chen and Katie Chang) on their unauthorized road trip. They ask the kind of questions teens ask - "Do you ever wish the Earth was more like Middle-Earth?" is one - and along the way we learn a bit about birding. But Meyer's quiet film is about something else; something barely even discussed by the kids: how to find the will, after a tragedy, to move on.