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Birthday Girl Reviews

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2011
Deborah Young
Variety
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March 26, 2009

Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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'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
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A deceptively clever romantic comedy that is also part caper, part thriller and a perfect vehicle for both Ms. Kidman and her talented co-star, Ben Chaplin.

March 13, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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As I watched the film struggle with all its switches and turnabouts, I wondered why it wasn't funnier, more charming or more exciting.

March 13, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's all over the road -- sometimes farce, sometimes horror, sometimes thriller, sometimes police procedural. And the truth is, no one in it is particularly sympathetic.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 16, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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February 10, 2002
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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It may not be particularly innovative, but the film's crisp, unaffected style and air of gentle longing make it unexpectedly rewarding.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 5, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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The cinematic equivalent of a wink and a smile. It's a pleasure to watch as just that.

February 4, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Nicole Kidman was on a roll with Moulin Rouge and The Others, and that roll has come to a screeching halt.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 4, 2002

Entertainment Weekly
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An effortfully decorated romantic caper in which Ben Chaplin, as the shy hero, mats his hair down with Loser Gel and stares inertly to convey his dilemma about whether to stay good or live it up bad.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 2, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 2, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Nicole Kidman evolved from star to superstar some time over the past year, which means that Birthday Girl is the kind of quirkily appealing minor movie she might not make for a while.

Full Review Source: USA Today

February 1, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Kidman is really the only thing that's worth watching in Birthday Girl, a film by the stage-trained Jez Butterworth (Mojo) that serves as yet another example of the sad decline of British comedies in the post-Full Monty world.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

February 1, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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For a supposedly fast-moving thriller -- and a movie that takes only 93 minutes -- Birthday Girl is surprisingly sluggish.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

February 1, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Birthday Girl gets points for strangeness.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2002
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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Nicole Kidman isn't bad as a Russian bride in this noirish sex comedy, but her feeble costar could use a good tug.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 1, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Kinky never looked so cute.

February 1, 2002
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Given a smaller frame and literally darker shades to work with than she's accustomed to, Kidman is friskier, livelier and arguably more engaging than she's ever been.

Full Review Source: Newsday

February 1, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Certainly isn't the laugh riot of a thriller the trailers suggest.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 1, 2002
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Birthday Girl won't make you forget Kidman's better work, but it's not a film you long to excise from your memory.

February 1, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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It combines the polish and shapeliness -- and, alas, occasionally the expediency -- of a Hollywood movie with the edgy sensibility we're used to from foreign and independent films.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

February 1, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Light the candles, bring out the cake and don't fret about the calories because there's precious little substance in Birthday Girl -- it's simply, and surprisingly, a nice, light treat.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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All in all, it's a well-wrapped present.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

February 1, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie's downfall is to substitute plot for personality. It doesn't really know or care about the characters, and uses them as markers for a series of preordained events.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 1, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Uneven, not particularly inspired comic thriller.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Feels like nothing more than a pleasant but distant business transaction.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Though Birthday Girl is probably too unnerving and at times savage a relationship comedy to be a universal taste, its success on its own terms says a lot for the gifts of director-writer Butterworth.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 31, 2002
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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The creators of Birthday Girl could optimistically advertise that they give viewers two movies for the price of one. Despite the Kidman charisma, don't consider that a bonus.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 31, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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An anemic little movie.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

January 31, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Because some of the characters pretend to be people they are not, the actors look like victims of multiple-personality disorder.

| Original Score: 2/4

January 31, 2002
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Birthday Girl is an amusing joy ride, with some surprisingly violent moments.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 31, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Mostly ... it's a disappointment -- except as a showcase for Kidman.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

January 31, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Nicole Kidman makes it a party worth attending.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 30, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Passable entertainment, but it's the kind of motion picture that won't make much of a splash when it's released, and will not be remembered long afterwards.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Keep your eye on Kidman, whose kinky, kittenish performance turns unexpected emotional corners that pull you up short.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

January 18, 2002
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