Birthday Girl
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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 companionship, and through an on-line marriage broker called From Russia With Love, he obtains a "mail order" bride (Nicole Kidman). While he's more than pleased that his new fiancée is so beautiful, she turns out to have a dangerous and mysterious side that he wasn't counting on, and things become quite complicated when two of her cousins… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'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."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Although "Birthday Girl" is labeled a romantic comedy, it's not wildly funny or romantic."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"O filme tenta ser comédia romântica, suspense erótico, thriller e assim por diante. A única que se salva é Kidman, belíssima como sempre e com um sotaque russo sedutor."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Nicole Kidman chain smokes, speaks Russian, and shows her [rear end] - sign me up!"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"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."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Uneven thriller isn't for kids. Kidman's great."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Butterworth has an effective directorial shorthand and the film is full of small, unobtrusive touches that smartly enhance the scenes. Kidman, of course, is magnetic; her absorbing performance makes this Birthday party one worth attending."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"It still manages to slide by, but barely, and only on the strength of its two leads."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"As I watched the film struggle with all its switches and turnabouts, I wondered why it wasn't funnier, more charming or more exciting."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Simple but effective."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Chaplin's performance is the only present Birthday Girl offers."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"...pretty much the definition of mediocre."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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