A superfluous, ponderous and pretentious sudser about a married minister having an affair with a single mom non-conformist artist.
| Original Score: C
The Sandpiper's absurd situations are matched by dialogue that beauty (hers) and talent (his) cannot vanquish.
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.
| Original Score: D
Trite and often ponderous in its philosophizing by the two principals.
It must rank as one of the most expensive and pretentious loads of garbage ever foisted upon an adoring public.
| Original Score: 1/4
Take a snapshot of Taylor next to her wooden likeness and you'd need a caption to distinguish between the two.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Underrated feminist drama.
A truly dire romantic melodrama.
Don't let it fool you. It's the same old Hollywood stuff.
| Original Score: 2/5