• Network: BBC America
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 16, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 9, 2013
    70
    West doesn’t much resemble Burton, but he embodies him, capturing a proud man who is both battle-scarred and spent, like a bullfighter who’s been gored a few times too many.... Directed by Richard Laxton and written by William Ivory, Burton and Taylor can’t help but feel somewhat slight, due to its structure and focus.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 16, 2013
    80
    This is how you honor show-biz legends, by hiring authentic actors to deliver sensitive interpretations (not caricatures), evoking the essence and burden of stardom without becoming a voyeuristic sideshow.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 15, 2013
    100
    Excellent actors playing excellent actors--and largely succeeding.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 16, 2013
    83
    Her voice seems to roam all over the vocal register, but she is compelling.... West will make you forget he’s acting.
  8. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 10, 2013
    100
    All of this would be so much Hollywood melodrama were it not for a superb script and stunning performances by West and Carter.
  9. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Oct 15, 2013
    80
    The result is surprisingly interesting, fun and, at times, even quite moving.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 16, 2013
    70
    As with last year’s My Week with Marilyn, Burton and Taylor avoids retreading familiar material by picking a relatively quiet, unexplored interlude in a celebrity’s life--the stuff of tasteful restraint, but not exactly scintillating story. And it only scans as tasteful restraint if the audience can fill in all the salacious history for themselves. For those who can, Burton and Taylor is much more effective.
  14. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Oct 16, 2013
    80
    What makes the film especially memorable, and equally flawed, is its single-minded determination to drive out all the sleaze and scandal that so defined Burton and Taylor's love affair. Ivory doesn't spin a celebrity tale here but rather a universal story about love won and love lost.
  15. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Oct 15, 2013
    91
    Burton And Taylor is not comprehensive or perfect as a film--the direction in particular is lackluster--but as a character study in both writing and acting it is, as Burton says of Taylor herself, “peerless.”
  16. Reviewed by: Hillary Busis
    Oct 11, 2013
    75
    Though Helena Bonham Carter struggles to get Taylor's voice just right--it sounds more like a Madeline Kahn impression--she's a gas as aging party girl Liz. Dominic West's Dick, meanwhile, is a model of worldweary dignity. If only they, and their film, were quite as gloriously messy as Liz and Dick themselves. [18 Oct 2013, p.60]
  17. Reviewed by: Billy Nilles
    Oct 17, 2013
    80
    Carter and West turn in winning performances, however little they resemble the icons they've been tasked to portray.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 11, 2014
    10
    Absolutely loved it! What great performances by both actors. It was compelling from beginning to end. The sort of movie you could watch more than once. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »