The Sandpiper
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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 direction of an Episcopalian minister (Richard Burton) and headmaster. Taylor falls for the headmaster when she visits her son.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Sandpiper's absurd situations are matched by dialogue that beauty (hers) and talent (his) cannot vanquish."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Don't let it fool you. It's the same old Hollywood stuff."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Underrated feminist drama."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Trite and often ponderous in its philosophizing by the two principals."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It must rank as one of the most expensive and pretentious loads of garbage ever foisted upon an adoring public."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A truly dire romantic melodrama."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A superfluous, ponderous and pretentious sudser about a married minister having an affair with a single mom non-conformist artist."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Take a snapshot of Taylor next to her wooden likeness and you'd need a caption to distinguish between the two."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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