The Birdcage
The Birdcage (1996)

Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. "Their" son Val (actually Armand's by his one heterosexual fling, twenty years before) comes home to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 6, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 25, 1997
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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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The Birdcage is a little film with knee-slapping scenes coupled with thoughtfully acute moments as well.

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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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Simon Miraudo

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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Todd McCarthy

The Birdcage is a scream.

James Berardinelli

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

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Campy, comedic romp with lots of profanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% 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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