Birth

2004

Birth (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A well-mounted production is undermined by a muddled, absurd storyline of questionable taste.

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Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancée, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life.

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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (43)

The setup of Glazer's hypnotic movie suggests a supernatural thriller, but the execution is pure European art film. Kidman gives a bold performance as a woman in extreme distress, but the script is hooey. Birth is ridiculous, and oddly unforgettable.

Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…
Newsweek
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Unusually austere and ambiguous.

Nov 11, 2004
Slate
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By trying to turn Birth into a thriller, the filmmakers undermine its intriguing issues.

Nov 2, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A dismayingly skillful exercise in high-style creepiness.

Nov 2, 2004
New Yorker
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I didn't find it spellbinding at all.

Nov 1, 2004

The picture, as a whole, never gets beyond its surface.

Oct 30, 2004

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Anatoliy Dudaev
Anatoliy Dudaev

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½

It bored me really and i didnt finish it, it just was slow and boring

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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½

Anna is a widow who is about to re-marry when a young boy claims to be her husband reincarnated. Some inappropriate scenes.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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½

The premise of this mystery drama is actually rather interesting: a jogger dies, a baby is born. Ten years later that baby is confronting the jogger's widow who is about to get married again, claiming to be her dead husband. Kidman, proofing once again that she is looking good in any hairdo, gives a great performance. So does Anne Heche, whose character plays a big part in the mystery. The intentionally dismal look and hypnotic soundtrack make for an unsettling atmosphere. Sadly, the movie is falling to pieces when the solution is presented way too early and has nothing to add after that. It's merely a drama about grieve in the end, and not a really good one either.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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