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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 16, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Richard Burton (Dominic West) and Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) are reunited for the 1983 Broadway production of Noel Coward's Private Lives in this BBC America/BBC TV movie.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 15, 2013
    100
    Excellent actors playing excellent actors--and largely succeeding.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 15, 2013
    91
    It’s a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 15, 2013
    88
    While no one will mistake Helena Bonham Carter for a twin of the legendary violet-eyed actress, she’s more than convincing alongside “The Wire’s” Dominic West, who brings a troubled Richard Burton to life.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 16, 2013
    80
    Burton and Taylor is intelligently winnowed down to a moment in time, firmly planting itself in the last days of disco.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 16, 2013
    80
    It is less a portrait of two combustible stars, played with empathy and breathtaking control by Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, as it is a surprisingly thoughtful excavation of a love that is both undeniable and untenable.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 11, 2013
    75
    Burton and Taylor is a wry, bittersweet take on a celebrated Hollywood romance. [21 Oct 2013, p.48]
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 16, 2013
    60
    Burton and Taylor confines itself to the nine months of the tour, and while that’s a wise decision, it does mean we only get allusions to other aspects of their relationship.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Oct 22, 2013
    3
    I found this under whelming. It could have had a much more explosive story. The story we know was an exciting forbidden love affair, one I am sure a good writer can make into a blockbuster. Expand