New York Times Reviews A BIRDER'S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING
“That’s the great thing about this field,” Lawrence Konrad (Ben Kingsley), a bird-watching fanatic, declares to a group of adolescent followers in “A Birder’s Guide to Everything.” “It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school kid on your bike, or if you’re an egghead like me with a boatload of degrees. Anybody can be a birder.”
Before the end of this smart, likable coming-of-age movie, the members of a high school’s Young Birder Society go on an expedition in search of the Labrador duck, a supposedly extinct species. The main character, 15-year-old David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), snapped a blurry picture of the duck on the street where he lives in a New York suburb and showed it to Lawrence, who was intrigued. Once Lawrence joins them in the woods, David and his fellow birders, Timmy (Alex Wolff) and Peter (Michael Chen), worry that if they spot the duck, Lawrence will steal the credit.