• Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Daniel Charchuk 30 Oct, 2011

    A rewatch (on the big screen) confirms this as my favourite Hitchcock. It's basically just Hitch playing with the audience throughout - first with the same kind of narrative misdirection as Psycho, albeit in a much lighter fashion, and then with the tongue-in-cheek references to his other works - and I love his trickery and sense of humour. Plus it's probably his best-edited film, and features some of the best uses of montage in classical Hollywood cinema. It is silly, but it's also terrifically terrifying.


  • Evan

    ★★★★ Watched by Evan 18 Apr, 2014

    Incredibly uneventful for the first 50 minutes. Wow talk about milking it. Thankfully it picks up and becomes a solid horror film.


  • Saulo Mileti

    ★★★★ Watched by Saulo Mileti 17 Apr, 2014

    Se nos colocarmos em 1963, fica difícil imaginar como Hitchcock conseguiu construir boa parte das tomadas dessa obra. Um filme que possui uma estrutura simples, mas ainda assim é recheado de detalhes.

    O clima de suspense e tensão é envolvente e te prende na frente da tela. Certamente não é meu filme predileto deste diretor. Mas nem por isso é algo ruim (muito pelo contrário).


  • Ross Hamilton

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ross Hamilton 05 Apr, 2014

    Not my favourite Hitchcock, but I saw it as part of ReScore, which really made me appreciate it more.

    'Sequences that seem kitsch by today’s standards were imbued with a renewed sense of menace. The effect of this juxtaposition – ominous electronica layered over 60s celluloid – was both compelling and unsettling, at once anachronistic and completely fitting. It truly made The Birds feel fresh over 50 years after its release.'



  • DavidFishman

    ★★★½ Added by DavidFishman

    The Birds is a lot less similar to Vertigo than Psycho is for sure. Some of the elements I expected, such as a dramatic score, were not there. There was almost only internal diagetic music I think.
    But, there were a couple similarities. Hitchcock still added his typical driving sequences. I guess he liked cars a lot.
    Also, the mystery factor and suspense were definitely still big in The Birds. Even at the end of the film, we still do…


  • Gonçalo

    ★★★★ Watched by Gonçalo 15 Apr, 2014

    An enigmatic beginning, gets lost a little bit in the middle, but once the birds get in action the film reallly delivers the thrills it is known for.


  • Joakim Thiesen

    ★★½ Watched by Joakim Thiesen 15 Apr, 2014

    whaaa... Yes, at times it's *somewhat* creepy, but seriously, little entertainment value for me here. Tippi Hedren is a beaut, but a performer she is not. A woman who goes to that great a length for a simple prank..? O-k. That first hour is dreadful and mind numbing, attempting to build character, but never really achieves it, nor cashes in on it later in the film.
    And that final scene, I'm sure it was supposed to be oh so suspenseful,…


  • Christian Flemm

    ★★★½ Watched by Christian Flemm 15 Apr, 2014

    Before there were zombies...

    There were Birds

    I feel like when I know how a film (not a movie made on digital, I mean a film) was made, or what trick that the director used, it loses a lot of it's mystery. That's why 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is so fantastic to me. Unfortunately, THE BIRDS suffers from this. I'm sure that the terror of the Birds was much more mysterious upon the film's release, but it just doesn't seem…


  • tcbergersen

    Added by tcbergersen

    First of all, the movie just kind of ended. Did they escape? Was madeline permanently traumatized by her near bird death? Did she ever get together with the guy? A lot of questions; namely why the birds were attacking the humans at all. Regardless of that, this does draw some interesting parallels to Vertigo. Most blatantly in the fact that both main characters are platinum blonde, rich, young women who are also both named madeline. in addition, Hitchcock uses similar…


  • Connor Donahue

    ★★★★½ Added by Connor Donahue

    The Birds is a wacky Hitchcock film about a bunch of birds. It bears many similarities to Vertigo. I'm going to tell you what those are now.

    One similarity is that the protagonists of both movies struggle with specific fears. In Vertigo, Available "Scotty" Ferguson must deal with his acrophobia, whereas the heroine of The Birds, Melanie, spends most of the film being scared of birds. The difference being that while Available's fear is more of an irrational phobia, Melanie's…


  • Joel Rackel

    ★★★ Watched by Joel Rackel 12 Apr, 2014

    At its best not when the birds attack, but when we feel the presence of the birds nearby, as the suspense of their proximity and the potential for danger builds. Like when Melanie is smoking, and we see the birds amassing on the playground behind her. Or the restaurant scene, as more and more people get involved in the debate that spills outside into danger. Or when the family is barricaded in the house. These suspenseful scenes are all preferable…


  • SJHoneywell

    ★★★★ Added by SJHoneywell

    Why is it scary?
    Because it is pointless, and
    That's the point of this.