The Birdcage Reviews

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September 10, 2020
The dialogue is sensational, the cast is perfect, the directing is sharp (by celebrated filmmaker Mike Nichols), the music is snazzy, and the film concludes quite cleverly.
September 3, 2020
While the film occasionally drifts into stereotypes, they are typically rather harmless and Williams and Lane play off of each other perfectly.
May 20, 2020
If you haven't seen Birdcage, check it out on video, or better yet, get gussied up and see it in a theater. Either way, realize and appreciate the very symbolic general public acceptance of the transgender phenomenon (and YOU) this film represents.
September 8, 2017
The Birdcage is a little film with knee-slapping scenes coupled with thoughtfully acute moments as well.
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.
August 19, 2014
Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.
July 16, 2014
Robin Williams plays off of a flaming Nathan Lane with delicious understatement and anchors a farce that moves along at a brisk pace-with or without heels.
June 13, 2014
At its core, it is about human relationships. They're extreme relationships, and they're cross-wired to get an electric reaction, but they're real characters nonetheless.
May 29, 2011
What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is.
May 29, 2011
It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.
May 29, 2011
Colourful, camp, beautifully acted and brimming with gags, Mike Nichols The Birdcage sits comfortably in Hollywood's canon of unchallenging, 'It's OK to be gay' films.
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.
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.
March 26, 2009
The Birdcage is a scream.
November 9, 2008
Shows no reason why it had to be made again.
June 24, 2006
It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.
October 21, 2005
If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot.
September 23, 2005
July 18, 2005
July 6, 2005
Broadly funny, with solid performances all around.
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