Parents' Guide to

The Birds

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic Hitchcock horror film still gives the chills.

Movie PG-13 1963 119 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 12+

Intriguing Story about Birds vs People

I found the story interesting and fascinating and the characters were mostly fairly nice with a few strange individual. I find it intriguing that there was never an answer to the question of why the birds started attacking people. I am glad that the main characters survived. Very young children may find it a little too scary.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
age 12+


Some violence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
Kids say (80):

This thriller is quite talky and slow, running for almost 45 minutes before the action starts. But once The Birds gets going, it's a real nail-biter. This film is an excellent choice for families who love horror films but aren't into explicit gore. It might seem a bit tame to modern kids, but once they get into it, their scares are likely to be genuine. Compared to today's advanced visual effects, The Birds' special effects might look basic and unconvincing, yet this classic shocker is still unnerving. It's laced with shots that haunt you after you've switched off the television.

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