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Richard Burton
Actor, The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Richard Burton tends to give cleverly externalized performances in which a nice overlay of melancholy is shot through by flashes of something or other. Here we are treated to the obverse: instead of the customarily weary and sullen Burton, we get an infantile, bellowing, guffawing boor, a cross between Jack the Ripper and Jack the Giant Killer. Aside from a red beard that fits in with the predominantly reddish-tawny set and costume design, Burton's chief dramatic contribution is a somewhat manic laugh, really a sort of tic halfway between a giggle and a snarl. This bit of rough-hewn bonhomie is worked so heavily by Burton (and later by other members of the cast to whom it apparently spread) that were all specimens of it cut from the film, this Shrew might be a good — no, a bad — quarter of an hour shorter.
(John Simon, National Review)
Actor, The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)
A good part of the blame for Trotsky’s absurdity must be borne by the actor who plays him — Richard Burton, who gives each phrase such an exaggerated sense of importance that he either intensifies triteness or indeed, at times, supplies it.
(Joy Gould Boyum, Wall Street Journal)
Another miserable Richard Burton performance — his Trotsky resembles nothing so much as Lionel Barrymore playing Dr Gillespie.
(Gary Arnold, Washington Post)
Actor, The Klansman (1974)
Richard Burton's grotesque performance turns a merely mediocre film into a full-blown baddie.
(Harry & Michael Medved, The Golden Turkey Awards)
Actor: The Exorcist II- The Heretic (1977)
Richard Burton is attacked by a swarm of locusts. He deserves all he gets, believe me.
(Ian Christie, Daily Express)
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