What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is.
| Original Score: 2/4
It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
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.
The Birdcage is a scream.
Shows no reason why it had to be made again.
| Original Score: C+
It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.
If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot.
| Original Score: 8/10
Broadly funny, with solid performances all around.
| Original Score: 4/5
Birdcage does a remarkably good job of delivering a movie that puts its own decided spin on the tale.
| Original Score: B+
[Not] nearly as funny as it has been made out to be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
It is not the Broadway classic, but it's ok. Just for fun.
Broad and fairly belabored, but Williams' ceaseless energy, Hackman's dry wit, and Azaria's insanity save the day.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.
This feel-good family comedy with a twist is based on the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles.
This critic admired Robin Williams's performance as well as some of the minor actors, but found the film's depiction of gay people more insulting to them than funny.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The result is a nearly flavorless 118 minutes punctuated with a few hilarious scenes -- mostly owed to the physical comedy of stage actor Nathan Lane.
What makes Mike Nichols' version more than just a retread is good casting in the key roles, and a wicked screenplay by Elaine May, who keeps the original story but adds little zingers here and there.
| Original Score: 3/4