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The Birdcage Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 9, 2008
Shows no reason why it had to be made again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dragan Antulov
May 9, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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
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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
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
[Not] nearly as funny as it has been made out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.

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
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
August 19, 2014
Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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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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James Berardinelli
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
The Birdcage is a scream.
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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.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
It's a rare event when a remake of a film rivals the greatness of the original.
| Original Score: 4/5
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