Birthday Girl

Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  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. 80
    It may not be particularly innovative, but the film's crisp, unaffected style and air of gentle longing make it unexpectedly rewarding.
  3. 80
    Nicole Kidman -- continuing the string of remarkable performances that have followed "Eyes Wide Shut" -- finds plenty of fodder in the long-delayed Birthday Girl. A grimy thriller with a wicked streak of humor.
  4. Black comedies are rare enough. Birthday Girl is a member of an even rarer species, the black romantic comedy.
  5. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    75
    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.
  6. Rare is the movie that arrives without fanfare -- that sneaks between the cracks, pops up relatively unheralded on the big screen, and takes the viewer by delighted surprise. Well, check the moon for blue because Birthday Girl is just such a picture.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    The actress may get an Oscar nomination for the wrong movie -- "Moulin Rouge" over "The Others" -- but it would be a double misfortune for audiences to overlook a performance that boosts its movie from moderate to memorable.
  8. Butterworth guides us through the world of chaos and romantic confusion he's created as if it's the most natural place in the world. After a while, we actually believe it is.
  9. 70
    Keep your eye on Kidman, whose kinky, kittenish performance turns unexpected emotional corners that pull you up short.
  10. The good news is that Kidman's the best thing in this rather subdued film: sexy, coy and even a bit funny. The bad news is that the movie itself is unlikely to register very long on anyone's radar.
  11. If British writer-director Jez Butterworth had let his sophomore picture get as dirty as Kidman's game recklessness invited -- she started this before ''Moulin Rouge'' and ''The Others'' -- he would have served up a tasty piece of cake.
  12. 67
    Still, it's worth checking out if only to see Kidman immolate everything else on screen through sheer sexy charisma. Tom who?
  13. 63
    This bizarre, uneven comedy is notable mostly for the unsettling presence of Nicole Kidman in full, kinky, sex-kitten mode.
  14. A paper-thin wish-fulfillment comedy about escaping small-town repressions and blasting conformity.
  15. 63
    The romantic comedy doesn't have much, but it has Kidman.
  16. The movie runs out of steam before its finish, but she (Kidman) doesn't.
  17. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    63
    Won't make you forget Kidman's better work, but it's not a film you long to excise from your memory.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »