Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966

Critics score:
94 / 100

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Andrew Sarris, Village Voice: Nichols has actually committed all the classic errors of the sophisticated stage director let loose on the unsophisticated movies. For starters, he has underestimated the power of the spoken word in his search for visual pyrotechnics. Read more

Stanley Kauffmann, New York Times: One of the most scathingly honest American films ever made. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: When Nichols finally settles down, it's almost too late. Read more

James Powers, Hollywood Reporter: The greatest credit for the implacable engagement that the film creates for its audience must go to the director, Mike Nichols. Nichols makes a stunning film bow with Virginia Woolf. Read more

Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: [Taylor] is nothing less than brilliant as the shrewish, slovenly. blasphemous, frustrated, slightly wacky, alcoholic wife of a meek, unambitious assistant professor of history at a university, over which her father reigns as president. Read more

Dwight Garner, Salon.com: 'You have ugly talents,' George says, almost admiringly, to Martha. So does this movie. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Edward Albee's vitriolic stage portrayal of domestic blisslessness translated grainily and effectively to the screen. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Keen adaptation and handsome production by Ernest Lehman, outstanding direction by Mike Nichols in his feature debut, and four topflight performances score an artistic bullseye. Read more