(1996)

Critic Reviews

72

Metascore

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91
Entertainment Weekly
Enchantingly witty.
88
ReelViews
The film is so boisterously entertaining that it's easy for the unsuspecting viewer not to realize that there's a message here.
75
What makes Mike Nichols' version more than just a retread is good casting in the key roles, and a wicked screenplay by Elaine May.
75
USA Today
Light as a feather. [8 March 1996, p.D1]
75
Christian Science Monitor
Hilarious, frenetic, and touching, but stereotyped and superficial in its treatment of both homosexuals and conservatives.
67
Austin Chronicle
A bit of a letdown in some ways, The Birdcage nonetheless features some scene-stealing performances.
63
While Birdcage has many isolated funny moments, long bits of slowness interrupt the energy.
60
Empire
If it weren't so darned "sincere" this would be an unmitigated bird-brained delight, but it undoubtedly remains a genial crowd pleaser.
50
A glossy miscalculation.
40
This drag comedy is aimed squarely at middle America, where these cuddly queens should play very well -- just so long as nobody remembers that gay people don't just sing show tunes and cook delightful meals; they also have sex.

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