The Birdcage - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Birdcage Reviews

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January 7, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The result is a nearly flavorless 118 minutes punctuated with a few hilarious scenes -- mostly owed to the physical comedy of stage actor Nathan Lane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
November 9, 2008
Shows no reason why it had to be made again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 9, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
January 1, 2000
This critic admired Robin Williams's performance as well as some of the minor actors, but found the film's depiction of gay people more insulting to them than funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 18, 2002
A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 13, 2004
[Not] nearly as funny as it has been made out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.
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 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.
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.
September 7, 2017
The Birdcage is a little film with knee-slapping scenes coupled with thoughtfully acute moments as well.
August 19, 2014
Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
January 1, 2000
What makes Mike Nichols' version more than just a retread is good casting in the key roles, and a wicked screenplay by Elaine May, who keeps the original story but adds little zingers here and there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
One of those rare motion pictures with side-splitting laughs where the humor never stays dormant for long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
Broad and fairly belabored, but Williams' ceaseless energy, Hackman's dry wit, and Azaria's insanity save the day.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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