Birthday Girl
Birthday Girl (2002)

A man looking for love gets more than he bargained for when he chooses his prospective wife on the internet in this dark comedy. The manager of a bank in a small British community (Ben Chaplin) decides that he's in need of long-term… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 13, 2002
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Critic Score
58%
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User Score
40%



Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kidman shows her range in this quirky movie, but the shift in tone from romantic comedy to thriller may leave viewers unsatisfied.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

'Butterfingered' is the word for the big-fisted direction of Jez Butterworth, who manages to blast even the smallest sensitivities from the romance with his clamorous approach.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It's all over the road -- sometimes farce, sometimes horror, sometimes thriller, sometimes police procedural. And the truth is, no one in it is particularly sympathetic.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Although "Birthday Girl" is labeled a romantic comedy, it's not wildly funny or romantic.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A deceptively clever romantic comedy that is also part caper, part thriller and a perfect vehicle for both Ms. Kidman and her talented co-star, Ben Chaplin.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Uneven thriller isn't for kids. Kidman's great.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Nifty...

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

As I watched the film struggle with all its switches and turnabouts, I wondered why it wasn't funnier, more charming or more exciting.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

There are enough well layered performances in director/co-writer Jez Butterworth's "Birthday Girl" to all but compensate for the film's inept noir flirtations between romantic farce and theft thriller.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Simple but effective.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
uneven - uninteresting - unessential
Cynthia S.
A fun, off beat sleeper of a movie. Nicole Kidman is good in this one, and Ben Chaplin does his usual great job. It was not what I was expecting, and I was… More
Red Lats
What to say about this movie. On the plus side - it stars Nicole Kidman with very few clothes. It is pretty strange - an Australian playing a Russian who… More
Jim Hunter
For the first forty-five minutes of this film, I liked it better when it was called <i>Derailed</i>. At least that had Clive Owen in it. The second… More
Martin Sahlin
It's not a good movie but it was okay to watch. Ben Chaplin is good...Vincent Cassel is good. And Nicole Kidman's russian sound like an asian speaking… More
Lady D'arbanville
Obviously a low budget British film, that wouldn?t usually attract the likes of Vincent Cassel and Nicole Kidman. Slow moving and very dry humoured,… More

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