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The Birdcage Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 29, 2011
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 27, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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The Birdcage is a scream.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

Time Out
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It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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One of those rare motion pictures with side-splitting laughs where the humor never stays dormant for long.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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Far less plastic than most cross-dressing comedies.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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An American remake with plenty of new pizazz.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

March 6, 1996
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