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Becket Reviews

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February 17, 2007
Peter O'Toole plays Henry like Ian McKellan doing a camp cameo.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 2, 2007
The respectable but boring film is nevertheless worth watching for the robust performances of Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 23, 2007
Everything that Doctor Strangelove is -- daring and inspired, vibrant and brilliantly staged -- Becket is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 25, 2007
In 1964, the film's innuendo might have seemed daring; today it's close to ridiculous.
May 9, 2005
Becket shows us a conflict that has more meaning for the heart than for the head. It is not a conflict to stand as a tempest violent and unforgettable, after 800 years.
February 16, 2007
Peter Glenville's stage-plank direction creaks badly, but the acting still holds you.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2007
O'Toole just keeps turning up the volume, and it's thrilling to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 2, 2002
What we have here is a solid five stars worth of acting talent in a slightly shaky four stars worth of movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2002
Peter O'Toole roars magnificently both in laughter and in rage; his Henry sees the world in two great categories: (a) things he wants, and (b) obstacles to getting them.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 8, 2007
How could you hope for better casting than Peter O'Toole and his acting rival/drinking buddy Richard Burton playing opposite each other?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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