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Birthday Girl

  R HD Closed Captioning

Jez Butterworth

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Plot Summary

Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin and Vincent Cassel star in this sexy thriller where appearances can be deceiving and nothing ends as expected. A lonely bank employee, John Buckingham (Chaplin) desperately wants to meet the right girl. Then, through a Russian mail-order bride service, he is introduced to Nadia (Kidman), a quiet and attractive woman who doesn't speak English. After several sensual encounters, John's fondness for Nadia grows... until the sudden arrival of Nadia's gregarious cousins makes John realize that he's in over his head.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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58%
  • Reviews Counted: 122
  • Fresh: 71
  • Rotten: 51
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: An effortfully decorated romantic caper in which Ben Chaplin, as the shy hero, mats his hair down with Loser Gel and stares inertly to convey his dilemma about whether to stay good or live it up bad. – Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Nicole Kidman evolved from star to superstar some time over the past year, which means that Birthday Girl is the kind of quirkily appealing minor movie she might not make for a while. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Feb 1, 2002

Rotten: 'Butterfingered' is the word for the big-fisted direction of Jez Butterworth, who manages to blast even the smallest sensitivities from the romance with his clamorous approach. – Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It may not be particularly innovative, but the film's crisp, unaffected style and air of gentle longing make it unexpectedly rewarding. – Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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