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The Birdcage Reviews

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May 20, 2020
If you haven't seen Birdcage, check it out on video, or better yet, get gussied up and see it in a theater. Either way, realize and appreciate the very symbolic general public acceptance of the transgender phenomenon (and YOU) this film represents.
September 7, 2017
The Birdcage is a little film with knee-slapping scenes coupled with thoughtfully acute moments as well.
August 24, 2014
The Birdcage grossed nearly $200 million worldwide in 1996, and that is significant. Box Office Mojo says it's the highest grossing queer film of all time, though they're not counting Frozen and 300, and they probably should.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 19, 2014
Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 16, 2014
Robin Williams plays off of a flaming Nathan Lane with delicious understatement and anchors a farce that moves along at a brisk pace-with or without heels.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 13, 2014
At its core, it is about human relationships. They're extreme relationships, and they're cross-wired to get an electric reaction, but they're real characters nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 29, 2011
What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 29, 2011
It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2011
Colourful, camp, beautifully acted and brimming with gags, Mike Nichols The Birdcage sits comfortably in Hollywood's canon of unchallenging, 'It's OK to be gay' films.
May 29, 2011
This isn't the supreme masterpiece it might have been, but Nichols's direction is very polished and some of the lines and details are awfully funny.
May 27, 2011
If The Birdcage isn't exactly the Mike Nichols-Elaine May movie of our dreams, it does manage to transform what was formerly a campy bit of French fluff into one of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made.
March 26, 2009
The Birdcage is a scream.
November 9, 2008
Shows no reason why it had to be made again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.
October 21, 2005
If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot.
| Original Score: 8/10
July 6, 2005
Broadly funny, with solid performances all around.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2005
Birdcage does a remarkably good job of delivering a movie that puts its own decided spin on the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 13, 2004
[Not] nearly as funny as it has been made out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 14, 2003
Pretty funny comedy from the days when Williams didn't feel he had to be either A. TOTALLY CHARMING or B. ABSOLUTELY EVIL.
| Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2002
It is not the Broadway classic, but it's ok. Just for fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
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