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Birth Reviews

November 11, 2004
Unusually austere and ambiguous.
November 2, 2004
By trying to turn Birth into a thriller, the filmmakers undermine its intriguing issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 2, 2004
A dismayingly skillful exercise in high-style creepiness.
November 1, 2004
I didn't find it spellbinding at all.
October 30, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 30, 2004
The picture, as a whole, never gets beyond its surface.
October 29, 2004
Too highbrow for the multiplex and too literal for the hipsters, it's unsatisfying both as gothic camp and serious cinema.
October 29, 2004
Mystery is fine. We like mystery. Muddle is another thing altogether, and jerking around the audience in the name of 'art' is pretty unforgivable.
October 29, 2004
Presents an intriguing premise about death and the possibility of rebirth in an elegant, melancholy and deliberate fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2004
Lingering performances by Nicole Kidman and 11-year-old Canadian actor Cameron Bright, as well as assured direction by Glazer ... complement an unusually thoughtful script that uses a minimum of dialogue to maximum effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2004
Strangely inert, a beautifully filmed bad idea.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
The movie never delivers on its promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
Possibly, this idea would have worked as comedy. Say, if the kid had said something like, 'I am dead people.'
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2004
An odd little picture that finally provides some unsatisfying 'explanations' for all the previously, intriguingly inexplicable things that have gone before.
October 29, 2004
It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma that ultimately reveals... not much.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
It's corny, plodding, implausible and -- on occasion -- seriously creepy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 29, 2004
As a demonstration of the power as well as the limitations of exceptional filmmaking, it's as unsettling and unusual as anything you're likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 29, 2004
The movie doesn't have the courage to fully embrace the material -- neither the scandalousness of it, nor the psychological and metaphysical implications.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
Despite its trappings, despite its style, Birth is just a tall tale with a short reach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
Its odd allure comes from the sad reality of its story. The monsters here are memories that won't leave, that we cling to and fall prey to, illusions that will not fade.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 29, 2004
Begins taking turns that simply make no sense, even in this quasi-mystical context.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
Ambiguity can be an effective dramatic tool, but it also can result in unsatisfying evasions, which I'm afraid is the case here.
Read More | Original Score: C-
October 29, 2004
A mess, elegant at times, but a mess nonetheless.
October 29, 2004
An effective thriller precisely because it is true to the way sophisticated people might behave in this situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 28, 2004
The story line remains faintly plausible, because Kidman makes us believe she's Anna, and Anna makes us believe.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 28, 2004
An odd, slightly icky little film, deftly shot and self-assured but unbelievable on just about every level, emotional and otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 28, 2004
Without Ms. Kidman's brilliantly nuanced performance, Birth might feel arch, chilly and a little sadistic, but she gives herself so completely to the role that the film becomes both spellbinding and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 28, 2004
Those characters almost always behave in a refreshingly logical manner, which makes the premise more intriguing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2004
Becomes more labored, its plot twists more predictable and its characters less believable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2004
A stylistically bold movie that -- flaws and all -- has the power to haunt your dreams.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2004
Birth makes its oddball supernaturalism seem completely, compellingly real.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2004
A load of preposterous twaddle.
October 28, 2004
An austerely creepy, ethereal spook show in which the things that go unexplained -- which are many -- are far more unnerving than the things that are.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2004
Combining the surrealist daring of Luis Bu˝uel with the austere technical mastery of Stanley Kubrick, it poses tantalizing questions about grief, longing and imagination as it traces chilling fingers down your spine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 28, 2004
May be the most futile application of cinematic and acting skill I've seen all year.
October 28, 2004
For awhile, the stately symphonic score, urbane setting and understated dress make Birth feel powerful--until it feels empty, lacking what Glazer so furiously exhibited in his equally stylized freshman endeavor: heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2004
Strangely mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 27, 2004
All I could think was, What in God's name do the filmmakers think they're doing?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 26, 2004
Charged with an impossible hunger, Birth has a mordantly humorous undertow, recognizing as it does the cognitive dissonance at its core.
September 9, 2004
A brooding, original drama that commands attention.
September 9, 2004
It has no suspense because it has no belief in itself.