Birthday Girl

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  • Summary: A thriller about a mild-mannered banker (Chaplin) who takes a chance on a Russian mail-order bride (Kidman) arranged via the internet. (Miramax Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    80
    Charmingly setting aside glamour for a turn at pure acting, Nicole Kidman zings up the already zingy script of Birthday Girl.
  2. It's a slight, old-fashioned B movie, the last thing you would expect from an actress coming off a breakout year, but it has a charm and freshness we don't see much these days.
  3. 70
    Keep your eye on Kidman, whose kinky, kittenish performance turns unexpected emotional corners that pull you up short.
  4. 63
    Won't make you forget Kidman's better work, but it's not a film you long to excise from your memory.
  5. 50
    Ultimately, Birthday Girl disintegrates into a fairly routine -- and brutal -- caper movie.
  6. 40
    It's that sense of ardor that's missing from Ben Chaplin's performance in Birthday Girl.
  7. It's just that this clunky, inane vehicle sputters barely a few feet down its quaint English highway before you want to bid it "do zvidániya, dumb-ass!"

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JimmiH.
    Mar 25, 2006
    8
    I saw this film by chance - had never heard of it before. Why do great movies like this go unnoticed? It has a great story with several I saw this film by chance - had never heard of it before. Why do great movies like this go unnoticed? It has a great story with several twists, none of which feel forced. Reminds me a bit of the Coen brothers. It seemed a bit weird to have superstar Kidman playing the mystery russian girl, but her performance is really convincing and she gets away with it. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2012
    7
    An alright movie that shows the acting abilities of Nicole Kidman and Vincent Cassel. As for the movie the first half of the movie is veryAn alright movie that shows the acting abilities of Nicole Kidman and Vincent Cassel. As for the movie the first half of the movie is very good, but the second half is seems forced and rushed. the writing and direction are good, but nothing special. The movie is still enjoyable, but you can guess how it's going to end. 7.5/10. Expand

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