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The Birdcage Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
August 24, 2014
The Birdcage grossed nearly $200 million worldwide in 1996, and that is significant. Box Office Mojo says it's the highest grossing queer film of all time, though they're not counting Frozen and 300, and they probably should.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
August 19, 2014
Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 16, 2014
Robin Williams plays off of a flaming Nathan Lane with delicious understatement and anchors a farce that moves along at a brisk pace-with or without heels.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 13, 2014
At its core, it is about human relationships. They're extreme relationships, and they're cross-wired to get an electric reaction, but they're real characters nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

TV Guide
May 29, 2011
What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
May 29, 2011
It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2011
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 29, 2011
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.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
May 27, 2011
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.
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
The Birdcage is a scream.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 9, 2008
Shows no reason why it had to be made again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot.
| Original Score: 8/10
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 6, 2005
Broadly funny, with solid performances all around.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Birdcage does a remarkably good job of delivering a movie that puts its own decided spin on the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
[Not] nearly as funny as it has been made out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 14, 2003
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
Luis Martinez
October 18, 2002
It is not the Broadway classic, but it's ok. Just for fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Broad and fairly belabored, but Williams' ceaseless energy, Hackman's dry wit, and Azaria's insanity save the day.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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