Butterfield 8
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Elizabeth Taylor won an Oscar for her performance as Gloria, a pill-popping prostitute careening between sordid affairs and tortured by her conflicts between morality and desire. In a desperate search for love and acceptance, she hopelessly falls for a married man (Laurence Harvey) who will never leave his family behind. Based on the novel by John O'Hara.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sleek and libidinous lingerie meller."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Once thought of as racy and adventurous in its treatment of sex, this turgid nonsense about a high-class whore with love in her heart has dated atrociously."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"When viewed today it's a work of considerable dreck, it's badly dated and unappealing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Taylor's heralded performance as the archetypal hooker ('the slut of all time!') with a heart of gold is a bit overrated."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Taylor deserves much of the credit for the movie's success, as she imbues Gloria with moxie and vulnerability at the same time."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"It's just about as awful as you'd expect, despite the presence of two first-class screenwriter."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The dialogue is rough. Let's say O'Harrowing. And the ending is absurd. But so is most of it for that matter. It's the living it up that gets you in this film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
""Mama face it, I was the slut of all time," Liz Taylor's hooker confronts her mother, and that's pretty much sums up the nature of this glossy, trashy melodrama that Hollywood used to make until TV appropriated the genre."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Taylor won an Oscar for her role in this, but holds the movie in scant regard compared to the rest of her work. And with good reason."
‑ , Film4
"Under director Daniel Mann's guidance it is an extremely sexy and intimate film, but the intimacy is only skin deep, the sex only a dominating behavior pattern."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Glossy trash with the star at full throttle, it's the quintessental La Liz movie."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Mostly crap, but Elizabeth Taylor is hot"
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Though it's generally true that nothing dates faster than Hollywood's idea of what's daring, Butterfield 8 can be viewed as a fascinating artifact from the days when movie stars' offscreen myths were carefully woven into their on-screen roles."
‑ , Movieline
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