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Birth Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
November 8, 2004
Hilariously pretentious, it's Nicole Kidman's funniest movie since The Hours and 2004's barmiest motion picture disaster area.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 8, 2004
Copious strands of skill are wasted in a futile attempt to capture us in a net that's insupportable. Adult minds should rebel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
November 7, 2004
It takes care and precision to make an audience go along with a premise as peril-fraught as this one, and Birth doesn't quite manage it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 7, 2004
effective at creating a desolate, haunting atmosphere, an uncanny visual strategy that sustains the film for much longer than it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Carroll
IGN Movies
November 7, 2004
Flashes of brilliance which are ultimately squandered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Gwin
November 6, 2004
Creepy pedophilia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tony Medley
November 6, 2004
There's a mysterious, hypnotic quality to the atmosphere of the film that grabbed me and wouldn't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
November 6, 2004
Although slightly exploitative in its provocative skin, Birth is a daring but stylishly sluggish mysterious melodrama that misses its mesmerizing, tawdry mark
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
November 5, 2004
Although Birth is not a complete disaster, it comes pretty darn close.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
November 5, 2004
Cara Seymour's visceral reaction, amid the film's overwhelmingly somber, ethereal weirdness, is finally believable.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
November 4, 2004
Don't tell the Catholic Church, but Nicole Kidman's latest dramatic vehicle is pregnant with laughter.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 3, 2004
Probably the most simultaneously brilliant and screwed-up filmmaking in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
November 2, 2004
By trying to turn Birth into a thriller, the filmmakers undermine its intriguing issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 2, 2004
A dismayingly skillful exercise in high-style creepiness.
Angela Baldassarre
November 2, 2004
A creepy thread flows through Jonathan Glazer's "Birth" that imbeds this wannabe thriller with a decidedly unpleasant austerity...**
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 2, 2004
Had [director] Glazer made Anna and Sean's relationship worth rooting for against their adversaries, he would have hit something truly unsettling.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 1, 2004
I didn't find it spellbinding at all.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
November 1, 2004
If you ever wondered what was going through the head of Mary Kay Letourneau ... `Birth' offers a possible answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
October 31, 2004
The kind of movie you come away from with your mind whirling with possibilities about what has happened and what it means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 31, 2004
Enervated and lifeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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