Birthday Girl Reviews

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September 7, 2011
June 11, 2002
A deviant topical comedy which is funny from start to finish.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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