Becket Reviews

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 17, 2007
Peter O'Toole plays Henry like Ian McKellan doing a camp cameo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 2, 2007
The respectable but boring film is nevertheless worth watching for the robust performances of Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
February 23, 2007
Everything that Doctor Strangelove is -- daring and inspired, vibrant and brilliantly staged -- Becket is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
January 25, 2007
In 1964, the film's innuendo might have seemed daring; today it's close to ridiculous.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 16, 2007
Peter Glenville's stage-plank direction creaks badly, but the acting still holds you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 14, 2011
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.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 6, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
January 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 2, 2007
The pleasure of these two extravagantly gifted actors at the top of their game -- their diction! their conviction! their beauty! -- is enormous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 15, 2007
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 | Original Score: B+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 1, 2007
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2007
Ripe with homoerotic undercurrents -- which O'Toole mines with relish in his great hysterical performance, full of cunning, eloquence and mad outbursts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Russell
Oregonian
March 23, 2007
O'Toole just keeps turning up the volume, and it's thrilling to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 8, 2007
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
David Thomas
Filmcritic.com
December 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2002
What we have here is a solid five stars worth of acting talent in a slightly shaky four stars worth of movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 8, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 17, 2007
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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