Doctor Faustus
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Richard Burton co-directed (along with Nevill Coghill) this labor of love that records a performance given by Burton at Oxford University in 1966 of Christopher Marlowe's 400-year-old verse play. Burton plays Faust, a medieval doctor who sells his soul to Mephistopheles (Andreas Teuber) in exchange for mastering all human knowledge. The Devil tempts Faust at every turn by confronting him with the seven deadly sins and Helen of Troy (Elizabeth Taylor), who appears throughout the film in various stages of undress as Doctor Faustus stands firm. The production was filmed in Rome, with the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lots of grads bring their wives back to the old school and ham it up for home movies -- but this is ridiculous."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This is extremely unskilled cinema from a talented stage actor."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Doctor Faustus is a complete misfire on every single level, a failure the likes of which most supposedly bad movies can't even come close to."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The impersonation of the seven deadly sins is hardly likely to send good men off the rail."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Weighed down with tedium and old-fashioned dialogue (using the verse's 'Old English' language) that worked on the written page but is misplaced on the screen."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Of an awfulness that bends the mind."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"The overall effect is like a cross between a garishly colored Hammer horror film and a textbook example of '60s hallucinogenic trendiness."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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