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Based on 10 Reviews
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  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Peter Glenville's staging of the material is the opposite of cinematic, but the pleasure of these two extravagantly gifted actors at the top of their game - their diction! their conviction! their beauty! - is enormous. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Becket, now richly restored, is one of those '60s British theatrical spectaculars that we always imagine as a bit better than they were. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    The one thing going for Becket is actually two things: Burton and O'Toole. show more

  • 83
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life. No doubt his Oscar-nominated appearance in "Venus" has prompted this rerelease of Becket. They make a fascinating then-and-now combination. show more

  • 83
    M. E. Russell Portland Oregonian

    O'Toole just keeps turning up the volume, and it's thrilling to watch. show more

  • 90
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    While major stars thrust together on screen often end up undercutting each other, one of the pleasures of Becket is how easily and generously these two commanding actors play off each other, each allowing the other the space to make the most of their individual roles. show more

  • 80
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    It is a snapshot of a great actor in his prime and a chance for us to see one of yesteryear's great films in all its kingly luster. show more

  • 70
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly

    There's much to be said for a film that, however cheesily realized, sticks in memory for four decades. show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    One hundred forty-nine minutes of pure, unadulterated culture. show more

  • 30
    Village Voice

    Dully overcomposed, the film evinces a Disneyed sense of palace life and reaches a laughable apotheosis when Henry and Becket's rendezvous on a beach is staged as a reunion between scorned lovers. In 1964, the film's innuendo might have seemed daring; today it's close to ridiculous. show more

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