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Bonham Carter has a firm hand on a fundamental conflict within Taylor, which is that she seems like such an impossibly elegant, self-possessed woman at some moments and like such an infuriating flake at others.
Bonham Carter offers up a sympathetic Liz who is in the process of squandering her talent; West makes Burton's brokenness seem like a noble resignation. And both seem surprised that each other's company is no longer the cure for what ails them.
It's a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
Not only does it capture the essence of the two outsize icons of film and scandal, it also brings them in for a humanizing close-up.
BBC America is here to set the universe right again with its love/hate story about Hollywood's hot mess of a couple.
Excellent actors playing excellent actors -- and largely succeeding.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were a riveting couple and Burton And Taylor was a wholly riveting 90 minutes.
Burton and Taylor succeeds thanks to its truncated timeline and intimate feel.
Unlike last year's miserable Liz & Dick Lifetime biopic, BBC America's Burton and Taylor takes a more mature and artful approach - even the title is more respectful - with a giddy Helena Bonham Carter and a wearily dignified Dominic West
Burton and Taylor delivered surprises and careful insights, and whether or not any of it was technically true (though I'm sure it was), it didn't matter. At the end of the day, as a story about two people we thought we knew, it worked.
It's difficult to gauge how much fascination viewers still have for the couple, but Burton and Taylor is as good as it gets.
Burton and Taylor distills the special pleasure those aging movie stars could still take in each other's company long after their passion was spent.
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