(1996)

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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.
80
Everyone will be tickled pink by this sleek Mike Nichols remake.
80
An American remake with plenty of new pizazz.
80
The New Yorker
Oddly, the funniest performer here is Gene Hackman, playing an aggressively straight, family-values-spouting politician. Hackman's deadpan inanity is sublimely comic.
80
One of the loopiest, most hysterical family-values movies ever made.
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]
70
A spirited remake of the French drag farce, has everything in place, from eyeliner to one-liner.
63
While Birdcage has many isolated funny moments, long bits of slowness interrupt the energy.
50
A glossy miscalculation.

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