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The Birdcage Reviews

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June 5, 2002
This feel-good family comedy with a twist is based on the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles.
January 1, 2000
An American remake with plenty of new pizazz.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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.
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
January 1, 2000
This movie is THE definition of average. Not bad, but not good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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.
January 1, 2000
Far less plastic than most cross-dressing comedies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
It's a rare event when a remake of a film rivals the greatness of the original.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Nathan Lane, I would personally like to send you a big, fat kiss of admiration.
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
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-
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
June 2, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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