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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Excellent, mature dramedy about failure, success, identity.

Movie R 2014 119 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 18+

Tw for suicide and sexual assault

Outstanding performance by Michael Keaton. Really unique and creative content and cinematography. The score is incredible too. TW for a brief attempted rape scene as well as lots of content related to suicide.
age 15+

Good movie- but tw for suicide

Cinematographically, this was a very good movie with the one-shot filming style. I personally didn't connect with the story but I understand that the ingenuity present in it. I think it's very important to mention all of the suicide that is in this movie. I would expect that this site would be more blatant about trigger warnings such as suicide being depicted on screen numerous times because it can be harmful to see, much more so than nudity or consumerism.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (32):

BIRDMAN will leave you soaring. It's what moviemaking is meant to be, if a director allows his (and his actors') considerable gifts to run unfettered by conventional wisdom, self-consciousness, or an enormous need to please. It commits all sorts of sins -- it's overlong and overstuffed and the plot is flimsy -- but is still just about perfect. The story is as meta as can be; whoever cast Keaton, a super-talent who also was once identified with a superhero character (Batman) and long in search of a super-project, is a mastermind. Though Riggan lives in a stylized milieu, he's authentic and familiar and desperately moving.

Pretty much everyone else is, too, from Stone -- who plays Riggan's deeply angry daughter well, with nary a shortcut -- to Norton, who's equally convincing and terrifying as an agitating actor who's best onstage and nowhere else. Music thrums through the movie, reminding us that what we're watching is as mournful as a classical elegy and as riffy as late-night jazz. And the dialogue is swift and mighty. (A perfect line: "Popularity is the slutty little cousin of prestige.") That the central play depicted in the movie is based on the work of virtuosic short-story writer Raymond Carver is added genius; to paraphrase the writer, Birdman is what we talk about when we talk about good movies.

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