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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 28, 2007
When Nichols finally settles down, it's almost too late.
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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.
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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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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.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Great cast plus great script equals great movie! Liz and Dick at their best.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
February 13, 2001
Keen adaptation and handsome production by Ernest Lehman, outstanding direction by Mike Nichols in his feature debut, and four topflight performances score an artistic bullseye.
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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 11, 2006
Edward Albee's vitriolic stage portrayal of domestic blisslessness translated grainily and effectively to the screen.
Jeremy Heilman
June 24, 2002
It earns the hell that it puts us through by never compromising its vision of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 31, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Arthur Lazere
January 14, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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-
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