Birthday Girl (2002)



Critic Consensus: Kidman shows her range in this quirky movie, but the shift in tone from romantic comedy to thriller may leave viewers unsatisfied.

Movie Info

A man looking for love gets more than he bargained for when he chooses his prospective wife on the internet in this dark comedy. The manager of a bank in a small British community (Ben Chaplin) decides that he's in need of long-term companionship, and through an on-line marriage broker called From Russia With Love, he obtains a "mail order" bride (Nicole Kidman). While he's more than pleased that his new fiancée is so beautiful, she turns out to have a dangerous and mysterious side that he … More

Rating: R (for sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tom Butterworth, Jez Butterworth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Box Office: $4.9M
Miramax Films - Official Site


as Bank Manager

as Claire

as Robert Moseley

as Waitress

as Concierge

as D.I. O'Fetiger

as Bank Colleague

as Robert Moseley

as Bank Colleague

as Bank Colleague

as Woman With Lost Hat

as Duty Sergeant

as Bank Colleague

as Passport official

as Policeman 2
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Critic Reviews for Birthday Girl

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (39)

'Butterfingered' is the word for the big-fisted direction of Jez Butterworth, who manages to blast even the smallest sensitivities from the romance with his clamorous approach.

April 8, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Uneven thriller isn't for kids. Kidman's great.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

There are enough well layered performances in director/co-writer Jez Butterworth's "Birthday Girl" to all but compensate for the film's inept noir flirtations between romantic farce and theft thriller.

Full Review… | August 25, 2009

Although "Birthday Girl" is labeled a romantic comedy, it's not wildly funny or romantic.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004


November 7, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Simple but effective.

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Three Movie Buffs

Audience Reviews for Birthday Girl

uneven - uninteresting - unessential

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

What to say about this movie. On the plus side - it stars Nicole Kidman with very few clothes. It is pretty strange - an Australian playing a Russian who speaks English, but pretends not to. On the negative side - I don't think it is one of Nicole's best movies.
A nerdy guy orders a Russian non-English-speaking mail order bride. He finds out she is not quite what he was expecting.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

It's not a good movie but it was okay to watch. Ben Chaplin is good...Vincent Cassel is good. And Nicole Kidman's russian sound like an asian speaking russian. I wouldn't recomend it. But it's not bad or boring.

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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