The Birdcage - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Birdcage Reviews

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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
Variety
March 26, 2009
The Birdcage is a scream.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.
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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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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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Far less plastic than most cross-dressing comedies.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
An American remake with plenty of new pizazz.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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-