Becket Reviews

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October 14, 2011
Just as the characters' loyalties to one another are called into question, so, too are ours: Becket enters a moral grey area from which it never fully emerges.
September 6, 2010
Becket is a terrific example of the historical play or novel turned into a cinematic drama crackling with whip-smart dialogue. I imagine actors must go mad with delight when they read a script that has page after page of dialogue this good.
December 14, 2008
it finds what's compelling about that history and, more importantly, what's compelling about the people in that history. And, just to be on the safe side, it throws in two of the greatest actors of the day.
August 2, 2007
The respectable but boring film is nevertheless worth watching for the robust performances of Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole
April 21, 2007
The material remains relevant, and the film as a whole is completely engrossing. (It may be nearly 2 1/2 hours long, but it doesn't feel like it.)
April 20, 2007
Watching Becket is to see a form of stylized, epic moviemaking not practiced today.
April 19, 2007
This adaptation of Anouilh's play about the relationship of Henry II and Becket is well acted by O'Toole and Burton, both Oscar-nominated.
March 23, 2007
O'Toole just keeps turning up the volume, and it's thrilling to watch.
March 8, 2007
Ripe with homoerotic undercurrents -- which O'Toole mines with relish in his great hysterical performance, full of cunning, eloquence and mad outbursts.
March 1, 2007
Becket may seem like a movie of yesteryear, but its timeliness brims over with rousing, meditative discourses between Henry and the church leaders on the separation of church and state.
February 23, 2007
Everything that Doctor Strangelove is -- daring and inspired, vibrant and brilliantly staged -- Becket is not.
February 17, 2007
Peter O'Toole plays Henry like Ian McKellan doing a camp cameo.
February 16, 2007
Peter Glenville's stage-plank direction creaks badly, but the acting still holds you.
February 15, 2007
The picture is being re-released in 30 cities around the country before finally appearing on DVD after years of online foment from fans.The DVD is due in May, but try to catch it in theaters first. It's worth it.
February 8, 2007
Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life.
February 8, 2007
A power play about power plays, Jean Anouilh's now-classic Becket provided the basis for one of the great screen pairings.
February 2, 2007
The pleasure of these two extravagantly gifted actors at the top of their game -- their diction! their conviction! their beauty! -- is enormous.
February 1, 2007
While peripheral elements of Becket do show their age, the core of the film's appeal remains incandescent, and that is the on-screen collaboration between Burton and O'Toole.
January 25, 2007
Most of the dialogue-driven scenes are a series of two-shots; which is great in seeing the sparks fly between two of the leading British actors of their generation, but plodding when it comes to pace.
January 25, 2007
In 1964, the film's innuendo might have seemed daring; today it's close to ridiculous.
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