The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

This zesty version of William Shakespeare's classic comedy, set in Padua, Italy in the late 1500s, concerns the shy Bianca and the mean-spirited Katarina. Though Bianca is being courted by a number of young men, her father announces… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 8, 1967
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not be reverent enough for purists, but This Taming of the Shrew is too funny -- and fun -- for the rest of us to resist.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

As for Mr. Zeffirelli's settings and the elaborate Renaissance costumes, they look very rich and mellow in the misty pastel colors that are used. But they, too, like Nino Rota's music, tend to monotony.

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TV Guide

Purists will doubtless be upset by this flick, but the bawdy humor is engaging, the photography and musical score work just fine, and the most famous married couple in the world at that time are really having a ball here.

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Gregory Weinkauf

Not necessarily the best telling, but still wickedly attractive.

Variety Staff

Comedy is sustained in witty wedding ceremony.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Zeffirelli can't bring himself quite to the realm of radical Shakespeare. However, the film is a great vehicle for the two most famous stars of its era.

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Riotous fun.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

More debased Shakespeare from Franco Zeffirelli.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Fine Zeffirelli version with Taylor and Burton in good form.


High-spirited whoop-de-doo Shakespeare, not too adulterated, not too precious, and geared slyly towards an audience who may have read about this kind of marriage on the showbiz gossip pages.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
"Too many words," I complained while a youth first exposed to the Bard and so voiced the tedium I felt under the deluge of verbiage, poetry or no,… More
Constanza Boutter
The film stars real-life husband and wife Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, then the hottest celebrity couple in the world. The themes of male chauvinism… More
Aj V
This is a great adaptation of a Shakespeare play. The actors are great, and work together well. It's very funny and enjoyable and I recommend this movie.
Sunil Jawahir
Elizabeth Taylor's best role. So perfect as Kate.
Mason Williams
I love this version of Shakepeare's Taming of the Shrew...well I am partial to one of my fav's being in this...Liz Taylor. Richard Burton and Liz… More
Dimitris Springer
Zeffirelli at his hilltop symposium.Enticing and uplifting in most parts,Shakespeare would be utterly pleased from the final result no matter how theatrical it… More