(2001)

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Metascore

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80
Variety
Charmingly setting aside glamour for a turn at pure acting, Nicole Kidman zings up the already zingy script of Birthday Girl.
75
Black comedies are rare enough. Birthday Girl is a member of an even rarer species, the black romantic comedy.
75
New York Daily News
It's a slight, old-fashioned B movie, the last thing you would expect from an actress coming off a breakout year, but it has a charm and freshness we don't see much these days.
70
Los Angeles Times
Butterworth guides us through the world of chaos and romantic confusion he's created as if it's the most natural place in the world. After a while, we actually believe it is.
67
The good news is that Kidman's the best thing in this rather subdued film: sexy, coy and even a bit funny. The bad news is that the movie itself is unlikely to register very long on anyone's radar.
63
Boston Globe
This bizarre, uneven comedy is notable mostly for the unsettling presence of Nicole Kidman in full, kinky, sex-kitten mode.
63
Chicago Tribune
A paper-thin wish-fulfillment comedy about escaping small-town repressions and blasting conformity.
63
ReelViews
The romantic comedy doesn't have much, but it has Kidman.
60
Film Threat
Starts out as a first-rate chick movie and winds up a second-rate guy movie. But if this somehow proves to be a formula for the perfect date movie, then Kidman is even more brilliant than we thought.
30
New York Magazine (Vulture)
The film's Russians are all played by French and Australian actors. Too bad Butterworth didn't find a Russian to play the Brit. That would have made the inauthenticity complete.

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