Wow! They will release anything on Criterion, won't they! Even the stinkers!!
Marlon Brando is at his most faux-enigmatic - unintelligible, brooding, sexy, stupid - and incomprehensible. Joanne Woodward is wasted in this movie, and Anna Magnani's performance only painfully reminds me how many good actresses there must be in neighborhoods like Brooklyn, in New York, and Kensington, in Philadelphia. She is sullen, pedestrian, and forgettable. And she was a recent Oscar winner? One of the fifties great mysteries - how did SHE get an Oscar over much better performers, then proceed to use that cachet to ruin so many other movies? Her Italian movies don't even hold up!!
The plot? Typical Williams shtick - southern ambience, secrets, lies, blah, blah, blah ...... Next ....
The generation that inexplicably adored him has fortunately passed on, so maybe posterity will view him with the light of reality finally. Except for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, and Suddenly Last Summer, the majority of his films and stories are booze and drug addled fantasies. Yawn!!
Rent it first, then decide for yourself. By all means, read my review, then all the others, then MAKE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT!!
You may not agree with me, and that is great. That's why there is video - for all of us to make our own decisions about what we want to see.
Don't admire it just because Brando or Williams is a famous name. Think for yourself!!