Mary Poppins Returns
Log in with Facebook
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
No consensus yet.
No consensus yet.
All Critics (35)
| Top Critics (5)
| Fresh (34)
| Rotten (1)
| DVD (3)
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.
An intense, important motion picture.
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.
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.
What a pack of trashy people these accomplished actors perform!
Superbly acted, and following the Kazan-inspired happy ending third act written as a rather reluctant postscript, rather than the original original, it is a photographed stage play and we remain outside, in the audience.
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.
...like watching a melodrama in a sauna. It's just too much.
Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama.
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.
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.
Director Brooks skilfully elicits the best from his performers and script with the result that there were Oscars nominations for all concerned.
Solid film making with nary a wasted breath ... well, almost. There's a lot of dramatic pauses and hemming and hawing at the top, but once this rollercoaster gets going the going is good. And Liz Taylor when it hurt your eyes to look at her glory.
I recently read this play for college, so I figured I might as well watch the film since it was nominated for so many Oscars back in the day and had such big stars in it. I was pretty disappointed to find that this adaption is lacking some of the elements that make the play compelling. The acting is inconsistent with really only Elizabeth Taylor impressing me really. Paul Newman and Burl Ives both got acclaim for their portrayals, but I didn't find them to be anything special. The film doesn't have very good pacing either. I was very disappointed to find the homosexuality elements completely eliminated because it made the story really intriguing and gave it an element of surprise that is lacking in this film. It does get the relationship between Big Daddy and Brick right and I genuinely liked their conversations, but not much else impressed me. Elizabeth Taylor had her breakout role and I thought she was really good in this, but it could have been better.
This heavy classic drama is masterpiece! This is a relationship full of confusion, betrayal, honesty, dishonesty, love, desire, and trust. Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor are both brilliant as Brick and Maggie Pollitt, respectively. Not very often is there a screen couple that have the same chemistry together that they do.
This is not to say the supporting cast isn't excellent. Burl Ives is superb in a supporting role as Big Daddy, a man who's greatest concern is having his legacy live on after him. The sequence with Ives and Newman in the basement of the house remains one of the most incredible displays of acting I have ever seen.
I love the story, the acting, the magnificent script and the depth of the characters.
The only reason I can speak about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in anything other than stammering ums and drool puddles is because Elizabeth Taylor wasn't in every single scene. I know that hadn't looked even close to this good for over 40 years before her passing, but she has rarely, if ever, looked better. Despite the obvious distractions, the entire cast was great and if it weren't for Ms. Taylor slinking around in that white dress, Burl Ives in all of his cantankerous magnificence and loathing for his grandkids would've stole the show. Despite this incredibly altered version of the story and Tennessee Williams' disdain for it, I like this version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Because Maggie the cat certainly didn't hurt...
View All Quotes