'The Birdcage' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   52 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    The beauty of The Birdcage is that its jokes and its message are one and the same. These characters couldn't change themselves if they tried. And only a fool would want them to.
    Full Review » 18 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Full Review » 18 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    An American remake with plenty of new pizazz.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Susan Wloszczyna USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Far less plastic than most cross-dressing comedies.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Basically, the movie's an extended setup for a dinner-table comedy of errors, in which the mismatched relatives confront one another in a nerve-racking test of appearances.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The Birdcage is a scream.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    One of those rare motion pictures with side-splitting laughs where the humor never stays dormant for long.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Film4
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    50
    What might be a surprise, given the talents involved, is how relentlessly unfunny it is.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Caroline Westbrook Empire Magazine
    60
    It undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser. If the dress fits, wear it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    50
    Shows no reason why it had to be made again.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Time Out
    It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily
    80
    If you like to laugh and laugh hard, don't miss this one. It's a genuine hoot.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Michael Szymanski Zap2it.com
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    60
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI)
    80
    Broadly funny, with solid performances all around.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    75
    Birdcage does a remarkably good job of delivering a movie that puts its own decided spin on the tale.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    80
    Full Review » 10 years ago