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The Birdcage Reviews

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2014
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Robin Williams plays off of a flaming Nathan Lane with delicious understatement and anchors a farce that moves along at a brisk pace-with or without heels.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

July 16, 2014
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

At its core, it is about human relationships. They're extreme relationships, and they're cross-wired to get an electric reaction, but they're real characters nonetheless.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2014

TV Guide's Movie Guide

What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

May 29, 2011
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2011


Colourful, camp, beautifully acted and brimming with gags, Mike Nichols The Birdcage sits comfortably in Hollywood's canon of unchallenging, 'It's OK to be gay' films.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 29, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This isn't the supreme masterpiece it might have been, but Nichols's direction is very polished and some of the lines and details are awfully funny.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 29, 2011
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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If The Birdcage isn't exactly the Mike Nichols-Elaine May movie of our dreams, it does manage to transform what was formerly a campy bit of French fluff into one of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 27, 2011
Todd McCarthy
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The Birdcage is a scream.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Shows no reason why it had to be made again.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 9, 2008

Time Out
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It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot.

| Original Score: 8/10

October 21, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Broadly funny, with solid performances all around.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Birdcage does a remarkably good job of delivering a movie that puts its own decided spin on the tale.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Michael Dequina

[Not] nearly as funny as it has been made out to be.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2004
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Pretty funny comedy from the days when Williams didn't feel he had to be either A. TOTALLY CHARMING or B. ABSOLUTELY EVIL.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2003
Luis Martinez

It is not the Broadway classic, but it's ok. Just for fun.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Broad and fairly belabored, but Williams' ceaseless energy, Hackman's dry wit, and Azaria's insanity save the day.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

July 26, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine

This feel-good family comedy with a twist is based on the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
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