Bluebeard (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bluebeard (1972)




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Bluebeard is the retelling of the now familiar story of a wealthy aristocrat who marries and murders and marries again. Baron Von Sepper (Richard Burton), the BlueBeard of the story, meets and marries Anne (Joey Heatherton) who becomes suspicious of Von Sepper when she finds evidence of his murders shortly after their wedding. Van Sepper then, in graphic detail, tells Anne the stories of his former wives' lives and deaths. The movie, directed with ham-handed archness by Edward Dmytryk, attempts to tell the story as a black comedy. Despite an array of beautiful women, including (Virna Lisi), (Nathalie Delon) and (Raquel Welch), nothing can distract from the abysmal performances of Burton and Heatherton. The film has some nice costumes and is beautifully photographed by cinematographer Gabor Pogany, but all the humor is unintentional and the actors, particularly Richard Burton all seem to wish they were elsewhere. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi


Richard Burton
as Bluebeard (Baron von Sepper)
Raquel Welch
as Magdalena
Sybil Danning
as The Prostitute
Jean Lefebvre
as Greta's Father
Mathieu Carriere
as The Violinist
Marilu Tolo
as Brigitte
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Critic Reviews for Bluebeard

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

There is no longer any novelty in watching the sad disintegration of Richard Burton's acting career.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film's gratuitous exploration of female flesh is only exceeded by the way Dmytryk manages to sexualize a nun who becomes Bluebeard's future wife.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 30/100

Despite the lineup of flesh and international sex symbols, the process proves overlong and borderline boring, unable to muster suspense to supplement the eye candy.

August 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Call it refreshing without filling, bubblegum for the mind, with a little horror, nudity, and Burton theatrics thrown in for fun.

January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

As the latest chapter in the Decline and Fall of Richard Burton's career, Bluebeard may be considered the rock-bottom of a long and agonizing slide.

January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a compromised film that tends to offend everyone but the Nazis.

September 7, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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