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Birthday Girl Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 8, 2002
'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.
March 13, 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.
March 13, 2002
As I watched the film struggle with all its switches and turnabouts, I wondered why it wasn't funnier, more charming or more exciting.
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
February 5, 2002
It may not be particularly innovative, but the film's crisp, unaffected style and air of gentle longing make it unexpectedly rewarding.
February 4, 2002
The cinematic equivalent of a wink and a smile. It's a pleasure to watch as just that.
February 4, 2002
Nicole Kidman was on a roll with Moulin Rouge and The Others, and that roll has come to a screeching halt.
February 2, 2002
An effortfully decorated romantic caper in which Ben Chaplin, as the shy hero, mats his hair down with Loser Gel and stares inertly to convey his dilemma about whether to stay good or live it up bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 1, 2002
Nicole Kidman evolved from star to superstar some time over the past year, which means that Birthday Girl is the kind of quirkily appealing minor movie she might not make for a while.
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.
February 1, 2002
For a supposedly fast-moving thriller -- and a movie that takes only 93 minutes -- Birthday Girl is surprisingly sluggish.
February 1, 2002
Birthday Girl gets points for strangeness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2002
Nicole Kidman isn't bad as a Russian bride in this noirish sex comedy, but her feeble costar could use a good tug.
February 1, 2002
Kinky never looked so cute.
February 1, 2002
Given a smaller frame and literally darker shades to work with than she's accustomed to, Kidman is friskier, livelier and arguably more engaging than she's ever been.
February 1, 2002
Certainly isn't the laugh riot of a thriller the trailers suggest.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 1, 2002
Birthday Girl won't make you forget Kidman's better work, but it's not a film you long to excise from your memory.
February 1, 2002
It combines the polish and shapeliness -- and, alas, occasionally the expediency -- of a Hollywood movie with the edgy sensibility we're used to from foreign and independent films.
February 1, 2002
Light the candles, bring out the cake and don't fret about the calories because there's precious little substance in Birthday Girl -- it's simply, and surprisingly, a nice, light treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2002
All in all, it's a well-wrapped present.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2002
Feels like nothing more than a pleasant but distant business transaction.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 31, 2002
Though Birthday Girl is probably too unnerving and at times savage a relationship comedy to be a universal taste, its success on its own terms says a lot for the gifts of director-writer Butterworth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
January 31, 2002
An anemic little movie.
January 31, 2002
Because some of the characters pretend to be people they are not, the actors look like victims of multiple-personality disorder.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2002
Birthday Girl is an amusing joy ride, with some surprisingly violent moments.
January 31, 2002
Mostly ... it's a disappointment -- except as a showcase for Kidman.
January 30, 2002
Nicole Kidman makes it a party worth attending.
January 27, 2002
Passable entertainment, but it's the kind of motion picture that won't make much of a splash when it's released, and will not be remembered long afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 18, 2002
Keep your eye on Kidman, whose kinky, kittenish performance turns unexpected emotional corners that pull you up short.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5