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Birthday Girl Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    There's nothing wrong with beguiling star turns, but I wish this one had been surrounded by more of a movie. Birthday Girl is a harmless trifle that makes 93 minutes go by as if they were hardly more than an hour and a half.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A paper-thin wish-fulfillment comedy about escaping small-town repressions and blasting conformity.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    If British writer-director Jez Butterworth had let his sophomore picture get as dirty as Kidman's game recklessness invited -- she started this before ''Moulin Rouge'' and ''The Others'' -- he would have served up a tasty piece of cake.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The actress may get an Oscar nomination for the wrong movie -- "Moulin Rouge" over "The Others" -- but it would be a double misfortune for audiences to overlook a performance that boosts its movie from moderate to memorable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language, a lot of violence and explicit sex, including bondage and references to prostitution. Stealing and corruption are positively portrayed.

  • Families can talk about John's choice to order a bride from a mail order business. Why do you think he resorted to this? Why would a woman from another country agree to move to the U.S. and marry a complete stranger?

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Scary situations including violence.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Sexual situations, including bondage and prostitution.

  • language false4

    Language: Very strong language

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lot of drinking and smoking.