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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Reviews

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Josh Larsen
September 19, 2016
I could watch Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton do this for hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 14, 2016
It's one of the Academy's black marks that Burton didn't win the Best Actor Oscar for his remarkable, career-capping performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sarah Boslaugh
May 13, 2016
[Haskell Wexler's] camera work is highly expressive, using odd angles, unusual close-ups, and handheld shots to mirror the out-of-kilter nature of the characters' worlds.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
February 22, 2016
Taylor has the capacity to be dowdy yet glamorous, crude yet sensual at the same time. This is a career best performance for her.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
March 10, 2015
[Taylor] is nothing less than brilliant as the shrewish, slovenly. blasphemous, frustrated, slightly wacky, alcoholic wife of a meek, unambitious assistant professor of history at a university, over which her father reigns as president.
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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice
March 10, 2015
Nichols has actually committed all the classic errors of the sophisticated stage director let loose on the unsophisticated movies. For starters, he has underestimated the power of the spoken word in his search for visual pyrotechnics.
John Marriott
Radio Times
March 10, 2015
Should your front room be in need of redecoration, then Elizabeth Taylor's performance here is guaranteed to strip the paint off the walls with just one verbal volley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Powers
Hollywood Reporter
November 20, 2014
The greatest credit for the implacable engagement that the film creates for its audience must go to the director, Mike Nichols. Nichols makes a stunning film bow with Virginia Woolf.
Dan Callahan
House Next Door
May 22, 2011
"I am the earth mother, and you are all flops," Martha proclaims toward the end, and Taylor never had a line of dialogue that better suited her fighting maternal spirit.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 26, 2010
A time capsule now of all that was considered controversial and gutsy in 1966.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

February 26, 2010
A painful and compelling masterpiece.
Tony Macklin
March 3, 2009
If one examines Albee's The Zoo Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Tiny Alice as three views of the struggle for faith and the Christ myth and its nuances, the plays, on a particular level, gain a substantial meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 2, 2008
Scathing scream of a black comedy that's based on a play by Edward Albee.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2007
Director Nichols, in his auspicious Hollywood debut, and scripter Ernest Lehman smartly keep Albee's corrosively witty black comedy intact, allowing their ensmeble, including Liz Taylor, to dig deep and turn intensely entertaining performances.
Full Review | Original Score: A-

TV Guide
June 28, 2007
A vitriol Valentine to that most public of famous marriages, The Battling Burtons, in their finest work (together).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 28, 2007
When Nichols finally settles down, it's almost too late.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 11, 2007
A merciless dissection of the intellectual's disease of ennui and gamesmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 11, 2006
Edward Albee's vitriolic stage portrayal of domestic blisslessness translated grainily and effectively to the screen.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
July 28, 2005
A watershed film that broke down walls of profanity and vitriol.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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