In 1964, the film's innuendo might have seemed daring; today it's close to ridiculous.
Becket shows us a conflict that has more meaning for the heart than for the head. It is not a conflict to stand as a tempest violent and unforgettable, after 800 years.
A finely crafted piece of period storytelling.
What we have here is a solid five stars worth of acting talent in a slightly shaky four stars worth of movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter O'Toole roars magnificently both in laughter and in rage; his Henry sees the world in two great categories: (a) things he wants, and (b) obstacles to getting them.
| Original Score: A