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Based on 38 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The best of what's onscreen is a mesmerizing mind-teaser. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Begins like a penetrating exploration of love, grief and suffering and ends looking like a highbrow version of "Bride of Chucky." show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Birth presents an intriguing premise about death and the possibility of rebirth in an elegant, melancholy and deliberate fashion. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Might have qualified as dumb fun if they hadn't left out the fun. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Birth makes its oddball supernaturalism seem completely, compellingly real. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It's corny, plodding, implausible and - on occasion - seriously creepy. At the same time, it contains a couple of this movie year's most sublime sequences, and features one of Nicole Kidman's bravest and best performances. show more

  • 30
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A paranormal mystery without a spine. It has no suspense because it has no belief in itself. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The eerie tale is steeped in brooding atmosphere and psychological suspense thanks to Glazer's hugely imaginative visual style and creative use of music, sound, and silence. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An effective thriller precisely because it is true to the way sophisticated people might behave in this situation. Its characters are not movie creatures, gullible, emotional and quickly moved to tears. They're realists, rich, a little jaded. show more

  • 88

    There are moments so beautifully composed and so resonant in Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast) sophomore effort, I can at least propose it's a "near-great." show more

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