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Though it starred the ultimate movie couple Liz Taylor and her husband Richard Burton, Boom! fizzled at the box-office. Set on a beautiful island near Sardinia, it is the story of a boozy, pilled-up dying millionairess who spends her life in a drug-induced haze abusing her bizarre servants until a wandering poet known as the "Angel of Death" suddenly shows up on the island. The two strike up a kind of relationship and she confides her deepest thoughts and philosophies to him while her life slowly ebbs away.
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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