Birthday Girl
Birthday Girl (2002)

John Buckingham was an ordinary bank employee with a small home and a life built on routine...until he took a bride through an on-line mail order service called "From Russia With Love." The morning she arrives is her birthday, but… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
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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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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

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

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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.

Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

It may not be particularly innovative, but the film's crisp, unaffected style and air of gentle longing make it unexpectedly rewarding.

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Cole Smithey

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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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.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

The cinematic equivalent of a wink and a smile. It's a pleasure to watch as just that.

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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Flixster Audience Score: 39% 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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