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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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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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Raw, poignant, powerful. One of the very best.

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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It might have been daring during its time, but is now outdated.

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TV Guide

A taste of the British "Kitchen Sink" school at its best.

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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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Emanuel Levy

Though outdated, this offebat, well-acted melodrama was a significant work in the British school of Kitchen Sink realism and in the career of Tony Richardson (better known for Tom Jones).

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Jon Fortgang

Skilful performances, subtle visuals and the power of Delaney's writing all contribute to a landmark in British cinema.

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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