Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Birthday Girl

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
02/01/02
performer
Ben Chaplin, Nicole Kidman
director
Jez Butterworth

We gave it a B-

Nicole Kidman plays a mail-order bride shipped to London for a timorous English bank clerk (Ben Chaplin), a Russian chick who’s not the immigrant naif she appears to be. Kidman lustily embraces the smeared-mascara side of her talents, but for all the zany business built into the story (including a bank robbery and teases of bondage sex), this effortfully decorated British romantic caper is an underspiced slab of cake. B-

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