First BIRDMAN Reviews Soar To New Heights

First BIRDMAN Reviews Soar To New Heights

Last night, Michael Keaton's Birdman debuted at the Venice International Film Festival and won over the majority of the critics. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "Brilliantly directed dark comedy about celebrity and creation "
"Birdman flies very, very high. Intense emotional currents and the jagged feelings of volatile actors are turned loose to raucous dramatic and darkly comedic effect in one of the most sustained examples of visually fluid tour de force cinema anyone's ever seen, all in the service of a story that examines the changing nature of celebrity and the popular regard for fame over creative achievement." - Todd McCarthy

VARIETY: "blistering showbiz satire"
"A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. In a year overloaded with self-aware showbiz satires, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup de grace — a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career." - Peter Debruge

HIT FIX: "Michael Keaton is superb in meta showbiz drama"
"Michael Keaton plays Riggan in an astonishingly good performance. Not washed up exactly (he can afford to stage a vanity project of dubious financial wisdom), Riggan's got creative ennui and a love-hate relationship with the alter ego that made him a success: Birdman. We don't ever find out all that much about Birdman; we don't need to. He's got a deep, critical voice, which talks to Riggan constantly. He's the linchpin of a superhero franchise from before superhero franchises were fashionable. We also know that Riggan said no to "Birdman 4."" - Catherine Bray

THE GUARDIAN: "An acid but empty flight of fancy"
"Is it a redundancy to complain that Birdman lacks soul? Maybe so. It’s a depthless, self-absorbed film about a shallow, self-absorbed man; jittery and relentless from the first to last gasp. We come scurrying up narrow corridors and up darkened stairwells, through the exploded stage-set of Riggan Thomson’s own head. The delegates applauded; they clearly relished the tour. But they broke for the exit with something approaching relief." - Xan Brooks

HEY U GUYS: "A self-referential, biting comedy"
"And yet this is a film of great consequence & relevance. Dialogue fizzes, the music – particularly the pounding drums – buoys us along on the journey & visually the film is inventive and rich. Wonderful cast, which includes Andrea Riseborough as Thomson’s sexy, mad girlfriend & co-star, Naomi Watts as the actor who has dreamed all her life of Broadway, Amy Ryan as Thomson’s estranged wife & Zach Galifianakis as Thomson’s best mate-theatre producer, all put in stellar performances. But this is Keaton’s film & he truly soars as the eponymous Birdman." - Jo-Ann Titmarsh

TELEGRAPH: "Spectacular, star-powered"
" If the previous Iñárritu picture this feels closest to is Biutiful (2010) – his oddball, not wholly successful attempt to blend social and magic realism around the craggy visage of Javier Bardem – that’s almost entirely down to the statuesque regard in which both films hold their stars. It lands with a force he hasn’t harnessed since Amores Perros, his 2000 debut. This is a phenomenal start to this year’s Mostra: grand, spectacular, star-powered cinema that makes us ask anew what cinema is for. Call it a Dark Knight of the soul. " - Robbie Collin

THE PLAYLIST: "Hubristic, humble, heartfelt and hotheaded"
"The feverishly anticipated (not least by us) movie from Alejandro González Iñárritu blasted through its Venice premiere (it’s the opening film) in a giddy, gonzo rush —so exciting, so moment-to-moment enjoyable that to expect profundity would be greedy. And yet it delivers on that level as well; the film is as thoughtful and smart as it is infectiously absurd. And that's perhaps the biggest surprise of an endlessly surprising, inventive movie: whatever the sum of its parts, like how it launches and completes the “Keatonnaissance” in one fell swoop, or the incredible camerawork that is imperceptibly stitched together into (mostly) one long, seemingly cutless take, “Birdman” adds up to more. It’s borderline miraculous. " - Jessica Kiang

PLOT - Birdman is a dark comedy that follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story in a bid to reclaim past glory. However, the play’s egotistical leading man threatens to throw everything down the tubes.

BIRDMAN is being directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu ("21 Grams"). He also wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo. The cast includes: Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Michael Keaton ("Batman Returns").
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yossarian - 8/27/2014, 10:08 AM
Looks great.
Abary - 8/27/2014, 10:12 AM
The year a Guardians Of The Galaxy movie and a Birdman movie gets better reviews than a Spider-Man movie.
Doopie - 8/27/2014, 10:13 AM
I so want to see this film. Keaton is a hero of mine.

also Todd McCarthy....wasn't he on Eastenders?
Theace69 - 8/27/2014, 10:14 AM
So when is the Birdman album coming out? :P
TheOverlord - 8/27/2014, 10:15 AM
Hollywood Reporter and Variety aren't usually in tune with CBM fans. Where's my geek media up in here? I need reports from Den of Geek, Empire, IGN, ...
LEEE777 - 8/27/2014, 10:15 AM
Yup we all knew Birdman be the F'ing nuts! ;P

Glad Keaton did this a, makes up for that piece of sh1T Robocop movie reboot!
Reasonnnn - 8/27/2014, 10:21 AM
@TheOverlord You mean THR and Variety acutally like GOOD films while CBM users celebrates shit like Man of Steel yet those CBM users shit on Iron Man 3?
Reasonnnn - 8/27/2014, 10:21 AM
To each ther own I guess though.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/27/2014, 10:21 AM
Looks so good
JoJo1982 - 8/27/2014, 10:22 AM
Why isn't Michael Keaton making more movies these days

He was my fave actor back in the 90s after Batman came out

Desperate Measures
My Life

Are some great movies he was in!!!
Doopie - 8/27/2014, 10:23 AM
TheRationalNerd - 8/27/2014, 10:24 AM
Can't wait! It's going to be beautiful! The tone of the film says it all.
Fun1gUy - 8/27/2014, 10:24 AM
YEAH...birdman ftw
SuperCat - 8/27/2014, 10:31 AM
DrDoom - 8/27/2014, 10:32 AM
The cast includes two Zach Galifianakis'? Did he obtain a clone?
Dingbat - 8/27/2014, 10:34 AM
Awesome! I'll go see it but unfortunately I don't think it will make much money.
Highflyer - 8/27/2014, 10:37 AM
So Hulk V Batman is awesome? Looking forward to this.
Gusto - 8/27/2014, 10:44 AM
Sorry, I thought this was about JoeMomma.

PenditaMarah - 8/27/2014, 10:47 AM
I had no idea why some people said 2014 was a year of guardian of galaxy...come on,it just nothing than a movie about a talkiNg racoon and tree.

ninja turtle was a brilliant and.much better than gotg
Tevii - 8/27/2014, 10:49 AM
Im not expecting this movie to do too welll... but i really hope Im wrong. Michael Keaton is one of the most underrated actors. He's amazing
MrDeadRabbit - 8/27/2014, 10:50 AM
Something tells me this is going to be the Dredd of 2014:

-A great directed movie
-Superb acting
-Adored by the critics
-Ignored by the general audiences
Reasonnnn - 8/27/2014, 10:52 AM
@DaneMendieta because this is a prestige pic, not a blockbuster.
MrDeadRabbit - 8/27/2014, 10:52 AM
I hope I am wrong and it does some decent if not great box office though
MrDeadRabbit - 8/27/2014, 10:56 AM

chill the [frick] out
Dunejedi - 8/27/2014, 11:03 AM
It'll get my money.
OnePunchBaldy - 8/27/2014, 11:10 AM
I smell a Best Original Screenplay nod
Batman36 - 8/27/2014, 11:14 AM
Don't go chasin' waterfalls you guys..
Doopie - 8/27/2014, 11:17 AM
You just gotta creep
Fritzthecat - 8/27/2014, 11:18 AM
"Ninja turtles was brilliant".......*sigh* The human race is doomed.
Reasonnnn - 8/27/2014, 11:19 AM
@DaneMendieta Trying. Dredd is great B-movie fun that sadly and undeservedly underperformed in the box office
McGee - 8/27/2014, 11:20 AM
*reads article headline*

HEY!.......birds soar high too.
McGee - 8/27/2014, 11:21 AM
.....because they can fly.
Pasto - 8/27/2014, 11:22 AM
McGee - 8/27/2014, 11:28 AM
JoeMomma29 - 8/27/2014, 11:38 AM
@ Gusto

I am going to kick you in the taint, but I keep forgetting that turns you on!
JoeMomma29 - 8/27/2014, 11:43 AM
@ McGee

I heard you tried out for the part of Mrs. Birdman!

McGee - 8/27/2014, 11:56 AM
They told me that that wasn't an actual role in the movie.

...but that Michael Keaton wanted to see me in his trailer.
UlisesMX - 8/27/2014, 12:34 PM
I'm glad for Alejandro!
FOOM - 8/27/2014, 12:52 PM
Well, that's a must see. Nice to see Michael Keaton continuing to relaunch his career. He left film well before his time.
cwb77 - 8/27/2014, 1:07 PM
I hope Keaton has success with this. I loved him in "Night Shift". I think that was the 1st time I learned who he was. Great comedic actor, and surprisingly well cast as Batman. "Love Brokers!"
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