Birthday Girl (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

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

John Buckingham was an ordinary bank employee with a small home and a life built on routine...until he took a bride through an on-line mail order service called "From Russia With Love." The morning she arrives is her birthday, but he's the one who's in for the surprise. When the new bride's two "cousins," Yuri and Alexei, arrive John's life is turned upside down as he learns the truth behind their relationship and is taken on the adventure of a lifetime--when they take her hostage and force John to rob his own bank.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


Kate Evans
as Claire
Stephen Mangan
as Bank Manager
Alexander Armstrong
as Robert Moseley
Jo McInnes
as Waitress
Ben Miller
as Concierge
Jonathan Aris
as D.I. O'Fetiger
Rebecca Clarke
as Bank Colleague
Xander Armstrong
as Robert Moseley
Raj Ghatak
as Bank Colleague
David Mark
as Bank Colleague
Sue Maund
as Woman With Lost Hat
Steve Pemberton
as Duty Sergeant
Jack Pierce
as Bank Colleague
Alan Stocks
as Passport official
J.J. Toba
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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