Suddenly, Last Summer
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Mrs.Venable (Katharine Hepburn) finds men for her homosexual son. The mother soon passes on the task to Catherine (Elizabeth Taylor) when her efforts are less successful. The son is confronted by his tormented victims.The film is based on the play by Tennessee Williams with screenplay by Williams and Gore Vidal.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"The main trouble with the picture is not its subject or its style, but its length."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"On film, with Taylor as the woman who saw something nasty and Clift as the psychiatrist trying to probe her trauma, the one-act material is stretched perilously thin; but it works for Hepburn as the incarnation of civilised depravity."
‑ , Time Out
"Superbly adapted with blistering performances from Taylor and Hepburn."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Very controversial for its time, and still packs a wallop."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Fine version of the story with Hepburn as a fascinating monster."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The cast packs enough sexual ambiguity to satisfy the most rabid Williams fan (not to mention a screenplay by Gore Vidal), but Mankiewicz leaves much of the innuendo unexplored -- thankfully, perhaps."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The main trouble with this picture is that an idea that is good for not much more than a blackout is stretched to exhausting length and, for all its fine cast and big direction, it is badly, pretentiously played."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A lurid adaptation of the 1957 Tennessee Williams one-act play."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hepburn and Taylor both earned Oscar nominations for their work; it's hard to pick which turns in a more compelling performance."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The battles between the imperious Hepburn and the presumed-mad Taylor are pure theatricality, while sensitive shrink Clift observes it all and emotes."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It has some very effective moments, but on the whole it fails to move."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This bizarre and often distasteful movie at the end of the 1950s was an omen of things to come."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"By Tennessee Williams' standards, the text is trashy and overwroght, but at the time, homosexuality and cannibalism stirred such a controversy that the movie became one of the playwright's most successful Hollywood adaptations."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A classic in every sense of the word."
‑ , Film4
"Somber, ground-breaking and fascinating."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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