Birthday Girl Synopsis
A man (Ben Chaplin) obtains a mail-order bride (Nicole Kidman) through the Internet.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Rare is the movie that arrives without fanfare -- that sneaks between the cracks, pops up relatively unheralded on the big screen, and...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Black comedies are rare enough. Birthday Girl is a member of an even rarer species, the black romantic comedy.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The actress may get an Oscar nomination for the wrong movie -- "Moulin Rouge" over "The Others" -- but it would be a double misfortune for...
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Keep your eye on Kidman, whose kinky, kittenish performance turns unexpected emotional corners that pull you up short.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

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If British writer-director Jez Butterworth had let his sophomore picture get as dirty as Kidman's game recklessness invited -- she started...
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63

Boston Globe

By Loren King
This bizarre, uneven comedy is notable mostly for the unsettling presence of Nicole Kidman in full, kinky, sex-kitten mode.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A paper-thin wish-fulfillment comedy about escaping small-town repressions and blasting conformity.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Quickly devolves into a violent thriller that resolves itself in sadomasochistic romance.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's nothing wrong with beguiling star turns, but I wish this one had been surrounded by more of a movie. Birthday Girl is a harmless...
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Rated R | For sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+ Uneven thriller isn't for kids. Kidman's great.
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