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Birth Reviews

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James Berardinelli
November 2, 2004
By trying to turn Birth into a thriller, the filmmakers undermine its intriguing issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 29, 2004
A mess, elegant at times, but a mess nonetheless.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 28, 2004
May be the most futile application of cinematic and acting skill I've seen all year.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 28, 2004
In the middle of a story that lurches from unsettling to preposterous by way of sheer ookiness, there is one moment of sheer, breathtaking bravura.
| Original Score: D
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
What were they thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Larry Carroll
IGN Movies
November 7, 2004
Flashes of brilliance which are ultimately squandered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 1, 2004
I didn't find it spellbinding at all.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Frustratingly stillborn.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Eric D. Snider
November 7, 2004
It takes care and precision to make an audience go along with a premise as peril-fraught as this one, and Birth doesn't quite manage it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
April 18, 2009
Manhattan-based supernatural thriller done in the tone of "Rosemary's Baby" starts out strong but loses all steam in its third act.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
November 6, 2004
Although slightly exploitative in its provocative skin, Birth is a daring but stylishly sluggish mysterious melodrama that misses its mesmerizing, tawdry mark
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Kidman has another turkey for her resume.
Peter Sobczynski
October 28, 2004
One of those films that is so strangely, off-the-wall awful that collectors of such things may well have a blast watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
October 29, 2004
Its ridiculousness is exacerbated by how seriously it takes itself and also by its highfalutin pretensions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 29, 2004
Birth is a haphazard discombobulated mess with a major talent drowning in the film's placenta-like goo.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Willie Waffle
October 27, 2004
I think Nicole Kidman let the Lenny Kravitz lovin' distract her while reading the script for Birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 29, 2004
[H]overs dangerously close to romanticizing pedophilia...
Susan Granger
October 29, 2004
This bizarre, surreal, even salacious drama, tackling one of society's ultimate taboos, is a creepy yet compelling metaphysical concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 28, 2004
Becomes more labored, its plot twists more predictable and its characters less believable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 29, 2004
Such a meticulously wrought piece of hokum that it's both easy to admire and impossible to warm up to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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