A Taste of Honey
A Taste of Honey (1961)

This film version of Shelagh Delaney's play follows the hopes and dreams of five people. Jo is the neglected 16-year-old daughter whose promiscuous mother marries a dandy. Jo gets pregnant after a tryst with a black cook, who leaves her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1961
DVD Release Date: November 28, 1995
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

A near-classic of postadolescent confusion and longing.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Freed from the constricting confines of the stage, the shining honesty, the trials, the disenchantment of the drama's low-born Lancashire principals have become all the more striking and true.

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Armond White
Out Magazine

The most deeply felt part of A Taste of Honey is its love story between soul mates - white, black, female, male, straight, and gay...Melvin's Geoff is an achingly believable character, heroic for his time - and ours, too. We owe a debt of gratitude.

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Variety Staff

[A Taste of Honey] has an earthy gusto and sincerity that lift its somewhat downbeat theme and drab surroundings.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Tony Richardson, who directed this mess, was once quoted as saying, "The British cinema is the worst in the world," and he was in a position to know.

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Witney Seibold

[There are] no weeping martyrs or brave romantic souls. It deals with real people, complete in their human complexity, their dumb choices, their damaging outbursts, their illogical desires, and their emotional honesty.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A perfect example of how the 'New British Cinema' of the late '50s and early '60s has dated and become almost unwatchable.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The actors are all exceptional in a film that's as quietly humorous as it is gently moving.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Pushed the culture-shock of kitchen-sink drama further with its female protagonist and depictions and discussions of interracial coupling, teen pregnancy, the possibility of abortion, and homosexuality. [Criterion Blu-ray]

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Shelagh Delaney's "kitchen sink" play of the early 1960's offers a harrowing look at postwar, post-industrial Britain before the glad… More
Eric Broome
Rita Tushingham arrived as an underdog star with "A Taste of Honey," an early Tony Richardson film about an adrift teen girl. Jo (Tushingham)… More
Sophie Burgess
A pretty good film showing what life is like for a working class teenager of Britain in the 60s. The narrative is fairly empty which made me feel like it was… More
Emily B.
A fine piece of British social realism. Rita Tushingham puts in a brilliant performance.
Robert C
I LOVE Rita Tushingham! No one does "ackward but endearing" like she does. This a really sweet (and sad film) film. A great example of the… More