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Alejandro González Iñárritu

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About the Movie

Michael Keaton joins Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts in this riveting film about fame, fantasy and life’s failures. When a former superhero film star (Keaton) sets out to make a comeback on Broadway, he grapples with self-doubt, harsh critics, and his estranged daughter (Stone) in this imaginative, thrilling, witty film from writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 319
  • Fresh: 292
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 8.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's a quasi-religious fable about a man haunted by the past and facing a profound moral and existential crisis in the present, and it's a dazzling display of virtuoso cinematic technique and showboat performances. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jan 2, 2015

Fresh: Birdman, more than most, seems a film that deserves a second viewing, not only to admire the work of Keaton and his co-stars, but to delve into its many layers. – Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press, Jan 2, 2015

Fresh: This is a strange and beautiful and unique film, one of the best movies of the year. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 2, 2015

Fresh: You never do find out what we talk about when we talk about love, but this wonderfully inexplicable movie is well worth adoring. – Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age, May 23, 2016

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Customer Reviews


Such a huge fan of this film. Really inspiring piece of film making!

A Fascinating, Top-Notch Drama

“Birdman” is such a hard movie to describe. I honestly don’t know where to start. It’s one of those films that doesn’t fit into any one genre (or any two for that matter) and its wide array of interesting characters can’t be easily summed up. But, that may be the reason why the film is so absorbing. It has so many original qualities that certainly don’t fit into the standard mold of what a star-studded movie should be, instead putting a strange (but fascinating) spin on your typical drama.

Set in the heart of New York City, it focuses on Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who gained fame for his role as the iconic superhero Birdman. Trying to overcome his ego 12 years later, he adapts and stars in his own Broadway play hoping to reclaim his spot as an important actor. We see the ups and downs of this production along with the odd way his psyche works, his inner voice being the Birdman character.

There’s also many other facets, including the quarrels between Keaton and Edward Norton’s character (one of the main stars of the play), all equally entertaining. The writing is top-notch, serving up witty and funny moments throughout, and each member of the cast delivers a fantastic performance (my favorite being Norton). It also includes a brilliant musical score, entirely done with drums. And despite its flaws, mostly in a few goofy moments, it isn’t one to miss. The concept alone is remarkable and the execution isn’t far off, give this one a watch, it will be one of the standouts in the upcoming awards season.

Different from the rest.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is more than just a comedy. It is filled with struggle, passion and a few good laughs that poke fun at reality. I really enjoyed watching this film and liked the way it was shot! It gives more of an inclusion, as if the audience is apart of the movie. You get to see the process of the stage and theater and the ‘unexpected virtues of ignorance’ that most actors and actresses have to endure. Michael Keaton explodes on the silver-screen as Riggan Thomas and his alter-ego, Birdman. Being a fan of Mr. Keaton’s, I could hear ‘Beetlejuice’ mixing his vocal chords with Keaton’s "Birdman baritones.” A truly unique film. And the Oscar goes to...

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