Reflections in a Golden Eye
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Reflections in a Golden Eye
This dreary story of the latent desires of the sexually repressed and psychologically tormented is taken from the 1944 novel by Carson McCullers. Major Penderton (Marlon Brando) is a hard-driving Army officer married to Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor). The impotent Penderton hides his latent homosexuality under his strict military discipline, while Leonora is having an affair with Lt. Colonel Langdon (Brian Keith), who is married to the troubled Allison (Julie Harris), who slices off her own nipples after a disappointing pregnancy. Private Williams (Robert Forster) is a young recruit who likes to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All that remains praiseworthy is the film's extraordinary photographic technique."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"All in all, a superbly controlled exercise in the malevolent torments of despair."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Brando gives perhaps his worst ever screen performance, not counting Christopher Columbus: The Discovery."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"The surprise murder tops off the nutty story with a real bang."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Either you like this movie a lot or you run screaming for the exit; I find it rough going."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Director John Huston is very careful not to share any beauty with us, there's one stunning shot of swirling dust, accentuated by the golden hue, but it's far off in the distance. If the characters can't have pleasure, neither should we."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"peak Taylor, La Liz in all her glorious pulchritude"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Huston adds a panting melodrama to the whole affair and throws in some rampant symbolism for good measure, but it's a joy to watch such a stellar cast at work."
‑ , Film4
"A pretentious melodrama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A weird picture based on a slim novel by Carson McCullers, this movie fails to engender any sympathy or interest due to several miscalculations."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Unintentional silliness, intentional simpering, awkward movement and mega-name miscasting abound in this 1967 John Huston film."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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