Owen Gleiberman
November 12, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Birth

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/29/04
performer
Cameron Bright, Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Anne Heche, Danny Huston
director
Jonathan Glazer
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Jean-Claude Carriere, Jonathan Glazer
genre
Romance, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

A 10-year-old (Cameron Bright) with the face of an angelic owl claims to be the husband of a still-grieving widow, played by Nicole Kidman in a Rosemary’s Baby martyr haircut. Cloddish in its ambiguity, and at least one scene conjures creepy child-porn overtones.

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