The Birdcage
The Birdcage (1996)

Director Mike Nichols teams up with his former partner/screenwriter Elaine May for the first time in many years and for the first time together in films to create this sophisticated, remake of the phenomenally popular French musical farce… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 25, 1997
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79%
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81%



Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mike Nichols wrangles agreeably amusing performances from Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in this fun, if not quite essential, remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Time Out

It doesn't so much champion diversity as celebrate conformity.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

The Birdcage grossed nearly $200 million worldwide in 1996, and that is significant. Box Office Mojo says it's the highest grossing queer film of all time, though they're not counting Frozen and 300, and they probably should.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

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.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A glossy miscalculation with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

The Birdcage is a scream.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

One of those rare motion pictures with side-splitting laughs where the humor never stays dormant for long.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Robin Williams plays off of a flaming Nathan Lane with delicious understatement and anchors a farce that moves along at a brisk pace-with or without heels.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Accomplished comedy, The Birdcage is a well acted and directed picture that boasts a stunning cast of talented actors, a great story, a well thought out script… More
Bethany Murphy
A pretty funny film. A must see!
Carlos Magalh„es
With a deliciously flamboyant Nathan Lane stealing the scene and Robin Williams in a greatly nuanced composition, this fun comedy also boasts elaborate camera… More
Spencer S.
There have been some exaggerations of the gay lifestyle, but I've never felt they were as in your face as the performances of Lane and Williams in The… More
Christian C
GURL! You gotta see it! So many one-liners, I can't even begin to rattle them off.
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