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John Huston
Director, The Unforgiven (1960)
How much strain can a director's reputation take? Of late, John Huston seems to have been trying to find out. I think he has carried the experiment too far with The Unforgiven... a work of profound phoniness, part adult western, part that Oklahoma! kind of folksy Americana.
(Dwight MacDonald, Esquire)
Director, Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
All plodding pacing, blatant symboilism, and artsy camera movements, Reflections in a Goden Eye sets the rarified standard for pretentious sixties movie-making. There is not a single scene in this hothouse movie that lets us up for air, not a single interlude that lets us step aside from this rancid roundelay. There is, however, plenty of unintentional comic relief. As the actors chew and savor every overripe moment Ė while playing it absolutely straight Ė we canít help but wonder if, deep down inside, Huston didnít think that all these riding crops and bareback rides were just so much horse manure. But then he gives you another close-up of [Robert] Forsterís feverishly voyeuristic eyes, or another turgid gurgle of Alex Northís abstract music score, and we realize with dismay: Huston was serious too.
(Michael Sauter, The Worst Movies of All Time)
Director, A Walk With Love and Death (1969)
Thoroughly disastrous. Huston has directed in a bored and lackluster fashion, and his performing of a minor role is deplorably leprechaunish.
(John Simon, National Review)
Actor, Myra Breckenridge (1970)
John Huston, as Buck Loner snorts and bellows. In point of fact, Huston displays all the lovable idiosyncrasies of Francis the Talking Mule.
(Harry Medved & Randy Dreyfuss, The Fifty Worst Films of All Time)
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