Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus (1968)

Richard Burton co-directed (along with Nevill Coghill) this labor of love that records a performance given by Burton at Oxford University in 1966 of Christopher Marlowe's 400-year-old verse play. Burton plays Faust, a medieval doctor… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 6, 1968
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
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TIME Magazine

Lots of grads bring their wives back to the old school and ham it up for home movies -- but this is ridiculous.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

The mixture of posed speeches, arty apparitions and some willfully unfocused camerawork, suggests some kind of timeslip, as though the film had been deep-frozen twenty years ago.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The overall effect is like a cross between a garishly colored Hammer horror film and a textbook example of '60s hallucinogenic trendiness.

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Variety Staff

The impersonation of the seven deadly sins is hardly likely to send good men off the rail.

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TV Guide

This is extremely unskilled cinema from a talented stage actor.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Doctor Faustus is a complete misfire on every single level, a failure the likes of which most supposedly bad movies can't even come close to.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

Of an awfulness that bends the mind.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Weighed down with tedium and old-fashioned dialogue (using the verse's 'Old English' language) that worked on the written page but is misplaced on the screen.

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