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Suddenly, Last Summer 1959

Critics score:
69 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: The main trouble with this picture is that an idea that is good for not much more than a blackout is stretched to exhausting length and, for all its fine cast and big direction, it is badly, pretentiously played. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: The cast packs enough sexual ambiguity to satisfy the most rabid Williams fan (not to mention a screenplay by Gore Vidal), but Mankiewicz leaves much of the innuendo unexplored -- thankfully, perhaps. Read more

TIME Magazine: The main trouble with the picture is not its subject or its style, but its length. Read more

Time Out: On film, with Taylor as the woman who saw something nasty and Clift as the psychiatrist trying to probe her trauma, the one-act material is stretched perilously thin; but it works for Hepburn as the incarnation of civilised depravity. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: It has some very effective moments, but on the whole it fails to move. Read more