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5,314 Ratings


Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

United States, 2014
Comedy, Drama


A washed up actor, famous for portraying an iconic superhero, struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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Birdman Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Soundtrack (Soundtrack Stars Award)

Academy Awards

2015 | 4 wins including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

2015 | 5 nominations including: Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 3 wins including: Best Feature

2015 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

Village Voice Film Poll

2014 | Winner: Movie Everyone Is Wrong About

2014 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actor

2014 | 3rd place: Best Actor

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

What are people saying?

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Birdman

    Why does it begin as a mass-media and art criticism and then becomes a blockbuster? The last half hour is so bad it made me feel like rating this one star. I give it one for the atmosphere and one for Naomi Watts. But the flying scene... oh my god the flying scene. It's as bad as the final one, with Emma Stone emulating Spidey. This is not poetic vision, it's super-hero turned into "cool american hit".

  • Skinnedteen's rating of the film Birdman

    It has quite an interesting juxtaposition of fake v.s real, and engaging the viewer with it's continuous shot. It has it's moments and the dark humor makes up for it's lack of plot structure. Is it a "great" film? no, is it a bad film? I don't think so. There was just so much hype built into it that I expected more from this film plot wise.

  • Dave's rating of the film Birdman

    Interesting...and I'm still not sure I've made enough sense of it to provide much insight here. Aside from the "big questions" that people have been trying to answer from this one, the performances are all around solid and Lubezki remains my favorite individual in filmmaking today.

  • ramosbarajas's rating of the film Birdman

    An exploration of the role of a creator. When art becomes so popular and so many people can connect to it, it often feels as though it could never feel personal. However Gonzalez Iñarritu tackles the issue, probing as deep as Bergman once did.

  • Karthik's rating of the film Birdman

    It's somewhat of a mystery why Hollywood (and to some extent Broadway) keeps associating "quality" acting with high volume conniption fits. But certainly this would make a fine telenovela (with a tad less exhibitionism on the part of "technique").

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Birdman

    Hopefully he'll grow out of this juvenile worldview and grow the fuck up. Self righteous self-pitying bullshit. AGI criticizes everyone for conforming to populist trends (superhero movies) but all he does is conform to a new conformity (theater) and delves into cliches and platitudes. His narrative is threadbare and his drama is bombastic and often doubles back on itself. The very definition of pretension.

  • elenagallen's rating of the film Birdman

    Pretentious. Too COLD for such an existential-wannabe story. Overrated by the critique. The script is not that original and the conflict of the main character its not well portraited. Too much blaving for such minimum feelings getting trough succesfully in spite of the absolutely magnificent interpretations. Iñarritu sees himself as some sort of visionary and has unfortunately been awarded as such.

  • Jye Sherwell's rating of the film Birdman

    Terrific film. I loved the setting & cinematography. Edward Norton's character is such a winner too, mainly in the early scenes though. The film keeps a brisk pace (with a fun score) & is highly enjoyable for it, only - unfortunately - slowing right near the end, but that's a nitpick. Loved the script and thoroughly enjoyed the film. Deserving of it's accolades & quite a refreshing best picture winner.

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