Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Romantic film: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Edward Albee's vitriolic stage portrayal of domestic blisslessness translated grainily and effectively to the screen. Taylor gives what is probably her finest performance as the blowsy harridan Martha, while Burton is not quite so hammy as usual as her angst-ridden college professor husband. The verbal fireworks that occur when they invite a young couple to dinner are surprisingly convincing. In an interview much later, Sandy Dennis said that, amazingly, Taylor and Burton were in fact very happy together at the time. It doesn't show on screen. The film's one problem, however, is that it's played so relentlessly for realism, when in fact the subject is at least half fantasy. A very loud film.

Release details

132 mins

Cast and crew

Mike Nichols
Ernest Lehman
Elizabeth Taylor
Richard Burton
George Segal
Sandy Dennis

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Taylor and Burton are frighteningly good in this searing adaptation. A brutal and moving film which makes for uncomfortable viewing. The relationship between the actors and their manipulation of events is, at times, terrifying. Powerful and absorbing when seen on stage, this film adaptation packs a similar punch.