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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Reviews

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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
June 27, 2011
...like watching a melodrama in a sauna. It's just too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2010
Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Top Critic
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.
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
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.
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.
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+
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
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.
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
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.
May 20, 2003
What a pack of trashy people these accomplished actors perform!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2003
Bolstered by extraordinary performances, this tale's a summer sizzler.
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
January 1, 2000
This is a classic for good reason; it stands repeated viewing.
January 1, 2000
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958) is the powerful, highly-charged, moving story of a neurotic, dysfunctional Southern family
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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