Birthday Girl (2002)


Critic Consensus: Kidman shows her range in this quirky movie, but the shift in tone from romantic comedy to thriller may leave viewers unsatisfied.


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John Buckingham was an ordinary bank employee with a small home and a life built on routine...until he took a bride through an on-line mail order service called "From Russia With Love." The morning she arrives is her birthday, but he's the one who's in for the surprise. When the new bride's two "cousins," Yuri and Alexei, arrive John's life is turned upside down as he learns the truth behind their relationship and is taken on the adventure of a lifetime--when they take her hostage and force John to rob his own bank.

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Kate Evans
as Claire
Stephen Mangan
as Bank Manager
Alexander Armstrong
as Robert Moseley
Jo McInnes
as Waitress
Ben Miller
as Concierge
Jonathan Aris
as D.I. O'Fetiger
Xander Armstrong
as Robert Moseley
Rebecca Clarke
as Bank Colleague
Raj Ghatak
as Bank Colleague
David Mark
as Bank Colleague
Sue Maund
as Woman With Lost Hat
Steve Pemberton
as Duty Sergeant
Jack Pierce
as Bank Colleague
Alan Stocks
as Passport official
J.J. Toba
as Policeman 2
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Critic Reviews for Birthday Girl

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (32)

'Butterfingered' is the word for the big-fisted direction of Jez Butterworth, who manages to blast even the smallest sensitivities from the romance with his clamorous approach.

Apr 8, 2002

A deceptively clever romantic comedy that is also part caper, part thriller and a perfect vehicle for both Ms. Kidman and her talented co-star, Ben Chaplin.

Mar 13, 2002
Top Critic

As I watched the film struggle with all its switches and turnabouts, I wondered why it wasn't funnier, more charming or more exciting.

Mar 13, 2002
Top Critic

It's all over the road -- sometimes farce, sometimes horror, sometimes thriller, sometimes police procedural. And the truth is, no one in it is particularly sympathetic.

Feb 16, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

It may not be particularly innovative, but the film's crisp, unaffected style and air of gentle longing make it unexpectedly rewarding.

Feb 5, 2002 | Full Review…

The cinematic equivalent of a wink and a smile. It's a pleasure to watch as just that.

Feb 4, 2002

Audience Reviews for Birthday Girl

What to say about this movie. On the plus side - it stars Nicole Kidman with very few clothes. It is pretty strange - an Australian playing a Russian who speaks English, but pretends not to. On the negative side - I don't think it is one of Nicole's best movies. A nerdy guy orders a Russian non-English-speaking mail order bride. He finds out she is not quite what he was expecting.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

It's not a good movie but it was okay to watch. Ben Chaplin is good...Vincent Cassel is good. And Nicole Kidman's russian sound like an asian speaking russian. I wouldn't recomend it. But it's not bad or boring.

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

A fun, off beat sleeper of a movie. Nicole Kidman is good in this one, and Ben Chaplin does his usual great job. It was not what I was expecting, and I was actually surprised that I liked it as much as I did (especially since there are many people that gave it 1 or 2 stars..??). Good for laughs, and has that darker side to keep it interesting! Good Movie, in my opinion, and I am NOT a Nicole Kidman fan for the most part.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

uneven - uninteresting - unessential

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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