Becket Reviews

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 17, 2007
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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
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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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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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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 8, 2007
Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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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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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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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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.