The Sandpiper
The Sandpiper (1965)

Elizabeth Taylor plays a beatnik mom living in a posh California surf-side home, raising her teenage son. She wants to home-school the boy, but the authorities won't have it, so she sends him to a boarding school that is under the… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: December 5, 2006
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

The Sandpiper's absurd situations are matched by dialogue that beauty (hers) and talent (his) cannot vanquish.

Full review…
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Don't let it fool you. It's the same old Hollywood stuff.

Full review…
Emanuel Levy

A star vehicle for Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, The Sandpiper is one of Minnelli's most embarrassing films, which is poorly scripted (by Dalton Trumbo), helmed, and acted and doesn't even qualify as high camp.

Full review…
Variety Staff

Trite and often ponderous in its philosophizing by the two principals.

Full review…
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It must rank as one of the most expensive and pretentious loads of garbage ever foisted upon an adoring public.

Full review…
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A truly dire romantic melodrama.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A superfluous, ponderous and pretentious sudser about a married minister having an affair with a single mom non-conformist artist.

Full review…
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Take a snapshot of Taylor next to her wooden likeness and you'd need a caption to distinguish between the two.

Full review…
More reviews for The Sandpiper

Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
beautiful locations, silly but entertaining story
Michael Gildea
Lots of amazing scenery (Liz Taylor included.) The Sandpiper is also a precursor to the beginning of the ratings system as its a bit racy and liberal-minded for… More