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Birthday Girl Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 1, 2002
The movie's downfall is to substitute plot for personality. It doesn't really know or care about the characters, and uses them as markers for a series of preordained events.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 1, 2002
The movie's director, screenwriters, and producer (three brothers) clearly intended to make a movie that transcends genre, but it does not really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
February 1, 2002
Demonstrate that a couple of talented actors can make a bland movie better.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 4, 2002
Nicole Kidman was on a roll with Moulin Rouge and The Others, and that roll has come to a screeching halt.
Eric D. Snider
February 1, 2002
It's a fast-moving, original film for the first 45 minutes, and a deathly tedious one for the next 45. It balances out to be mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Victoria Alexander
January 31, 2002
...the story is far-flung, illogical, and plain stupid.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 16, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 11, 2002
The film has potential, but never manages to put the pieces together quite right.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
February 24, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 1, 2002
Kidman is really the only thing that's worth watching in Birthday Girl, a film by the stage-trained Jez Butterworth (Mojo) that serves as yet another example of the sad decline of British comedies in the post-Full Monty world.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
Overall, the outlandish proceedings fall as flat as a Russian blini. Birthday Girl unwraps its package alright, but the contents inside only reinforce what a psuedo-stylish actioner Butterworth's thrilling cinematic gift really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
February 1, 2002
If you ever wanted to see Nicole Kidman buck naked and tied to the bedposts, then Birthday Girl is your gift. Otherwise, it's kind of a party-pooper with a predictable plot and contrived characters.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 10, 2003
Chaplin's performance is the only present Birthday Girl offers.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 21, 2002
It may not make a lasting impression, but at the same time you may find its first half teasingly, tantalizingly good fun and its second half, well, who knows.
| Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 12, 2002
A disposable film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
O filme tenta ser comédia romântica, suspense erótico, thriller e assim por diante. A única que se salva é Kidman, belíssima como sempre e com um sotaque russo sedutor.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 31, 2002
Mostly ... it's a disappointment -- except as a showcase for Kidman.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 31, 2002
Because some of the characters pretend to be people they are not, the actors look like victims of multiple-personality disorder.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 31, 2002
An anemic little movie.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 31, 2002
The creators of Birthday Girl could optimistically advertise that they give viewers two movies for the price of one. Despite the Kidman charisma, don't consider that a bonus.
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