Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Enchantingly witty.
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By James Berardinelli
The film is so boisterously entertaining that it's easy for the unsuspecting viewer not to realize that there's a message here.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Hilarious, frenetic, and touching, but stereotyped and superficial in its treatment of both homosexuals and conservatives.
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Light as a feather. [8 March 1996, p.D1]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What makes Mike Nichols' version more than just a retread is good casting in the key roles, and a wicked screenplay by Elaine May.
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Austin Chronicle

A bit of a letdown in some ways, The Birdcage nonetheless features some scene-stealing performances.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
While Birdcage has many isolated funny moments, long bits of slowness interrupt the energy.
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By Angie Errigo
If it weren't so darned "sincere" this would be an unmitigated bird-brained delight, but it undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A glossy miscalculation.
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TV Guide

This drag comedy is aimed squarely at middle America, where these cuddly queens should play very well -- just so long as nobody remembers that gay people don't just sing show tunes and cook delightful meals; they also have sex.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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