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Boom is taken from the Tennessee Williams play The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Flora Goforth (Elizabeth Taylor) is a foul-mouthed, booze-swilling, pill-popping, middle-aged woman near death. She spends her time swearing at the servants and looks forward to the end of it all, until poet Chris Flanders (Richard Burton) comes to her island home. Known in literary circles as the "angel of death," the poet gives the dying woman some measure of comfort in his presence -- while he takes comfort in her liquor cabinet and her jewelry. Often she is visited by the Witch of Capri… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This film makes it official: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor have given up acting for entertaining. Or rather, trying to."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Those things that in the earlier versions of the work had been metaphorically stylized, have been made stunningly literal in Boom!"
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A brilliant film, or rather a brilliant "sen-sation""
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A whole bunch of stars, including Burton and Coward, show up to lend a hand in a film which becomes stranger at every turn."
‑ , Film4
"Taylor's delineation of the lead role is off the mark."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There are different kinds of bad movies. Some are simply wretchedly bad, like well, you know. Others are bad but fascinating and Boom! is one of these."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The mostly negatively reviewed film did little to help the plummeting careers of Burton and Taylor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It gets Burton and Taylor, comfortably matched, making nonsense of theme and relationships, and giving monotonously unsubtle performances (she screeches, he glooms)."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Even the great Coward cannot save this unbelievable disaster."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If you can make any logical sense of the curious lines of dialogue, then congratulations--you may be the first to be able to decipher this cinematic non sequitur."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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