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The Sandpiper (1965)

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Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton -- then Hollywood's most bankable couple -- appeared onscreen together for the third time in this romantic drama shot on beautiful locations along the Big Sur region of the California coastline. Laura Edwards (Elizabeth Taylor) is a free-thinking artist and Bohemian who is raising a her teenage son, Danny (Morgan Mason), conceived out of wedlock, on her own. Laura has issues with conventional teaching methods, and prefers to educate Danny about both

PG-13,

Drama, Classics

Martin Ransohoff, Irene Kamp

Dec 5, 2006

Warner Home Video

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (9) | DVD (1)

The Sandpiper's absurd situations are matched by dialogue that beauty (hers) and talent (his) cannot vanquish.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Trite and often ponderous in its philosophizing by the two principals.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A truly dire romantic melodrama.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Don't let it fool you. It's the same old Hollywood stuff.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Campy.

January 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A superfluous, ponderous and pretentious sudser about a married minister having an affair with a single mom non-conformist artist.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A star vehicle for Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, The Sandpiper is one of Minnelli's most embarrassing films, which is poorly scripted (by Dalton Trumbo), helmed, and acted and doesn't even qualify as high camp.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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It must rank as one of the most expensive and pretentious loads of garbage ever foisted upon an adoring public.

December 19, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Take a snapshot of Taylor next to her wooden likeness and you'd need a caption to distinguish between the two.

January 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Underrated feminist drama.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for The Sandpiper

beautiful locations, silly but entertaining story
February 23, 2008
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jay nixon

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Lots of amazing scenery (Liz Taylor included.) The Sandpiper is also a precursor to the beginning of the ratings system as its a bit racy and liberal-minded for the mid-60s. Burton and Taylor are as always great together, Eva Marie Saint plays a WASP doormat and Charles Bronson plays a hipster beatnik. By no means essential and even though its a little drawn out, its not a bad watch.
September 8, 2007
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