Box art for A Birder's Guide To Everything

A Birder's Guide To Everything

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, children & family, comedy

A ragtag group of friends go on an quest to find a thought to be extinct duck. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5

Teen pursues rare bird in slow-moving coming-of-age film.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Birder's Guide to Everything is a coming-of-age film with a little bit of sexuality and lots of strong and crude language. Though there's plenty of humor in the movie, the untimely death of the central teen boy's mother is a theme that runs throughout, adding some sadness and grief to the story. There's some very mild flirting and a quick peek at a woman's breast, plus a few drug references.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the characters in the movie. Do they seem realistic? Does any of their behavior remind you of your friends or people at school?
  • What message do you think the filmmakers wanted you to get out of the movie? What clues lead you to this conclusion?
  • What was the purpose of the nudity in the movie? Did it connect to the story in some way?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The film is far from a melancholy wallow, but it does examine the ways we cope with loss and the conflicts that result when one person's healing process is faster or different from another's.

- Joel Arnold, NPR, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fresh: Each actor fills his role nicely, and they have enough chemistry to animate the routine pitfalls this road trip has in store for them.

- John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fresh: The trek through the serene, beautiful woods highlights the banter between the quartet as truths are unveiled and friendships strengthened. The young actors shine revealing lights on their characters.

- Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times, Monday, March 24, 2014

Audience Reviews

2 stars

A Birder's Guide to Life's attempt to escape from the typical high school and coming-of-age cliches by adventuring through the forest proves unsuccessful for the most part. While the premise seems nice enough, the character's suffer from some blatant unoriginality, and even if there are some heartfelt and dramatic moments pulled off here, the constant feeling that most of what this film has to offer has been done before and many times in a better way is just too distracting to make this movie a winner for me. Even though it has a few funny moments as well, A Birder's Guide to Everything had potential that sadly remained unused through what I consider to be lackluster writing.

- jeffreyray3, Thursday, July 10, 2014