A Taste of Honey
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Director Tony Richardson adapted the screenplay of A Taste of Honey from the "kitchen sink" stage play by Shelagh Delaney. Rita Tushingham plays a working-class British teenager, living with her drink-sodden, libertine mother Dora Bryan. Denied affection by her selfish mother, Tushingham is pushed further in the background when Bryan impulsively marries her latest boyfriend Robert Stephens. The girl takes a job at a shoe store, then moves in with her kindly homosexual employer Murray Melvin. The two lost souls live in harmony until Tushingham becomes pregnant after a casual affair… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A Taste of Honey] has an earthy gusto and sincerity that lift its somewhat downbeat theme and drab surroundings."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Tony Richardson, who directed this mess, was once quoted as saying, "The British cinema is the worst in the world," and he was in a position to know."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Raw, poignant, powerful. One of the very best."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Skilful performances, subtle visuals and the power of Delaney's writing all contribute to a landmark in British cinema."
‑ Jon Fortgang, FilmFour.com
"A perfect example of how the 'New British Cinema' of the late '50s and early '60s has dated and become almost unwatchable."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It might have been daring during its time, but is now outdated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A taste of the British "Kitchen Sink" school at its best."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Freed from the constricting confines of the stage, the shining honesty, the trials, the disenchantment of the drama's low-born Lancashire principals have become all the more striking and true."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Though outdated, this offebat, well-acted melodrama was a significant work in the British school of Kitchen Sink realism and in the career of Tony Richardson (better known for Tom Jones)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Tushingham's performance and lovely, open face are still a tonic."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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