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The Birdcage Reviews

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Susan Lambert
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
This feel-good family comedy with a twist is based on the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
An American remake with plenty of new pizazz.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
One of those rare motion pictures with side-splitting laughs where the humor never stays dormant for long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Basically, the movie's an extended setup for a dinner-table comedy of errors, in which the mismatched relatives confront one another in a nerve-racking test of appearances.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
The interchanges and conversation are hilarious, and the comedy continues to build until the movie's implausible but humorous end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
This movie is THE definition of average. Not bad, but not good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alison Macor
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A bit of a letdown in some ways, The Birdcage nonetheless features some scene-stealing performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The Birdcage is a funny film, with terrific performances by headliners Robin Williams, as an aging gay man, and Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest as an uptight conservative couple he hosts at a dinner party while trying to act straight.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Far less plastic than most cross-dressing comedies.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
It's a rare event when a remake of a film rivals the greatness of the original.
| Original Score: 4/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Nathan Lane, I would personally like to send you a big, fat kiss of admiration.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 1996
The beauty of The Birdcage is that its jokes and its message are one and the same. These characters couldn't change themselves if they tried. And only a fool would want them to.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 18, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
June 2, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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