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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 17, 2016
Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, both gorgeous beyond measure, strike sparks as the sexually unfulfilled Maggie and her tortured husband Brick, while Burl Ives is sensational as the family patriarch Big Daddy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Larsen
June 27, 2011 watching a melodrama in a sauna. It's just too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
It is a fine piece of acting by Paul Newman, the Southern gentlemen portraying his fragile and haunted character with an unparalleled amount of soul, which he had imbedded in many of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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TIME Magazine
October 1, 2008
A formaldehyded tabby that sits static while layer after layer of its skin is peeled off, life after life of its nine lives unsentimentally destroyed.

TV Guide
April 8, 2008
The performances are the thing in this film version of the Tennessee Williams stage triumph, led by Ives, repeating his stage role like a force of nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
April 8, 2008
An intense, important motion picture.

April 8, 2008
Director Brooks skilfully elicits the best from his performers and script with the result that there were Oscars nominations for all concerned.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 8, 2008
Burl Ives and Judith Anderson are highly entertaining as the nightmare parents, Big Daddy and Big Mama, and Jack Carson has one of his last good roles as Newman's competitive older brother.
Emanuel Levy
February 7, 2008
Richard Brooks' screen version of Tennessee Williams' play is compromised (no mention of homosexuality), but it's well directed and deftly acted by Paul Newman and Liz Taylor, both at their sexiest.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 26, 2006
A mousetrap with teeth that grip and a musky atmosphere of frustrated sex and milky desperation that serves as poisoned bait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
As so often with adaptations of Williams, it frequently errs on the side of overstatement and pretension, but still remains immensely enjoyable as a piece of cod-Freudian codswallop.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2006
...the dialogue is so absorbing and the acting so intense, we hardly notice that 108 minutes go by or that there is a whole lot less to the plot than meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Bourne
April 30, 2006
Still, this potentially over-scrubbed production kept enough of Williams' energy and poetic Americana intact, fleshing it up with an ensemble of career-imprinting performances and MGM production lavishness.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
What a pack of trashy people these accomplished actors perform!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Bolstered by extraordinary performances, this tale's a summer sizzler.
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
August 16, 2001
Two of cinema's most iconic stars on top form make this worth a good look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
This is a classic for good reason; it stands repeated viewing.
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958) is the powerful, highly-charged, moving story of a neurotic, dysfunctional Southern family
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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