Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
In this film, married couple George and Martha know just how to push each other's buttons. Tiring of attacking each other, George and Martha invite newcomers to join in the invective. After an evening of sadistic "fun and games," the truth about the couple's son comes to light.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The greatest credit for the implacable engagement that the film creates for its audience must go to the director, Mike Nichols. Nichols makes a stunning film bow with Virginia Woolf."
‑ James Powers, Hollywood Reporter
"And in its forthright dealing with the play, this becomes one of the most scathingly honest American films ever made."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, New York Times
""I am the earth mother, and you are all flops," Martha proclaims toward the end, and Taylor never had a line of dialogue that better suited her fighting maternal spirit."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"If one examines Albee's The Zoo Story, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Tiny Alice as three views of the struggle for faith and the Christ myth and its nuances, the plays, on a particular level, gain a substantial meaning."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"Strong stuff, intensely watchable, but definitely not for children."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"When Nichols finally settles down, it's almost too late."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Keen adaptation and handsome production by Ernest Lehman, outstanding direction by Mike Nichols in his feature debut, and four topflight performances score an artistic bullseye."
‑ , Variety
"A time capsule now of all that was considered controversial and gutsy in 1966."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Scathing scream of a black comedy that's based on a play by Edward Albee."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A merciless dissection of the intellectual's disease of ennui and gamesmanship."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Edward Albee's vitriolic stage portrayal of domestic blisslessness translated grainily and effectively to the screen."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"'You have ugly talents,' George says, almost admiringly, to Martha. So does this movie."
‑ Dwight Garner, Salon.com
"A painful and compelling masterpiece."
‑ , Film4
"Director Nichols, in his auspicious Hollywood debut, and scripter Ernest Lehman smartly keep Albee's corrosively witty black comedy intact, allowing their ensmeble, including Liz Taylor, to dig deep and turn intensely entertaining performances."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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