Birth (2004)

Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 5, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2005
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-mounted production is undermined by a muddled, absurd storyline of questionable taste.

David Edelstein

Unusually austere and ambiguous.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I didn't find it spellbinding at all.

Ryan Lattanzio
Thompson on Hollywood

Ten years after premiering at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, Jonathan Glazer's Birth remains as powerfully mysterious as ever.

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James Berardinelli

By trying to turn Birth into a thriller, the filmmakers undermine its intriguing issues.

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Stephanie Zacharek

The picture, as a whole, never gets beyond its surface.

Emanuel Levy

What begins as a promising and provocative melodrama gradually turns into na conventional and frustrating movie, aimless and pretentious.

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David Denby
New Yorker

A dismayingly skillful exercise in high-style creepiness.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Too highbrow for the multiplex and too literal for the hipsters, it's unsatisfying both as gothic camp and serious cinema.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

What were they thinking?

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Anatoliy Dudaev
Jens S.
The premise of this mystery drama is actually rather interesting: a jogger dies, a baby is born. Ten years later that baby is confronting the jogger's… More
Film Crazy
It bored me really and i didnt finish it, it just was slow and boring
Leigh Ryan
Odd, yet appealing.
Candy Rose
Anna is a widow who is about to re-marry when a young boy claims to be her husband reincarnated. Some inappropriate scenes.
Arash Xak
I think the main storyline is good but the movie fails miserably, I think the main promblem is the characterization of the child, The way Anna believes that… More