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The Birdcage Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

May 29, 2011
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2011

Film4

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 29, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 29, 2011
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 27, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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The Birdcage is a scream.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Shows no reason why it had to be made again.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 9, 2008

Time Out
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It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot.

| Original Score: 8/10

October 21, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Broadly funny, with solid performances all around.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Birdcage does a remarkably good job of delivering a movie that puts its own decided spin on the tale.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

[Not] nearly as funny as it has been made out to be.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2004
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

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

April 14, 2003
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos

It is not the Broadway classic, but it's ok. Just for fun.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Broad and fairly belabored, but Williams' ceaseless energy, Hackman's dry wit, and Azaria's insanity save the day.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

July 26, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine

This feel-good family comedy with a twist is based on the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

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.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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