Becket

Becket

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  • Becket
    1 minutes 46 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Becket Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Just as the characters' loyalties to one another are called into question, so, too are ours: Becket enters a moral grey area from which it never fully emerges.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

October 14, 2011
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Becket is a terrific example of the historical play or novel turned into a cinematic drama crackling with whip-smart dialogue. I imagine actors must go mad with delight when they read a script that has page after page of dialogue this good.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 6, 2010
David Thomas
Filmcritic.com

it finds what's compelling about that history and, more importantly, what's compelling about the people in that history. And, just to be on the safe side, it throws in two of the greatest actors of the day.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

December 14, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The respectable but boring film is nevertheless worth watching for the robust performances of Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

August 2, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The material remains relevant, and the film as a whole is completely engrossing. (It may be nearly 2 1/2 hours long, but it doesn't feel like it.)

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 4/4

April 21, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Watching Becket is to see a form of stylized, epic moviemaking not practiced today.

| Original Score: 4/4

April 20, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This adaptation of Anouilh's play about the relationship of Henry II and Becket is well acted by O'Toole and Burton, both Oscar-nominated.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 19, 2007
Mike Russell
Oregonian

O'Toole just keeps turning up the volume, and it's thrilling to watch.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

March 23, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Ripe with homoerotic undercurrents -- which O'Toole mines with relish in his great hysterical performance, full of cunning, eloquence and mad outbursts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Becket may seem like a movie of yesteryear, but its timeliness brims over with rousing, meditative discourses between Henry and the church leaders on the separation of church and state.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 1, 2007
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Everything that Doctor Strangelove is -- daring and inspired, vibrant and brilliantly staged -- Becket is not.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 23, 2007
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Peter O'Toole plays Henry like Ian McKellan doing a camp cameo.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

February 17, 2007
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Peter Glenville's stage-plank direction creaks badly, but the acting still holds you.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 16, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The picture is being re-released in 30 cities around the country before finally appearing on DVD after years of online foment from fans.The DVD is due in May, but try to catch it in theaters first. It's worth it.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

February 15, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

February 8, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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How could you hope for better casting than Peter O'Toole and his acting rival/drinking buddy Richard Burton playing opposite each other?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2007
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A power play about power plays, Jean Anouilh's now-classic Becket provided the basis for one of the great screen pairings.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

February 8, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The pleasure of these two extravagantly gifted actors at the top of their game -- their diction! their conviction! their beauty! -- is enormous.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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While peripheral elements of Becket do show their age, the core of the film's appeal remains incandescent, and that is the on-screen collaboration between Burton and O'Toole.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 1, 2007
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Most of the dialogue-driven scenes are a series of two-shots; which is great in seeing the sparks fly between two of the leading British actors of their generation, but plodding when it comes to pace.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 25, 2007
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