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Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2014
The film's didactic indifference also makes it unclear whether Stephen ups the ante or gets his comeuppance in the end.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
June 5, 2009
The overall effect is so full of loathing and meanness that one hardly cares for those subliminal tremors, and the arch structuring of the story - the accident, then the long flashback - makes it dramatically inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 12, 2015
The whole thing is such a teapot tempest, and it is so assiduously underplayed that it is neither strong drama nor stinging satire. It is just a sad little story of a wistful don.
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
March 12, 2015
In short, Accident is Losey's most accomplished film because of the perfect adequation of form to content, and vice versa; but also because of the degree to which he penetrates the surface.
Penelope Houston
The Spectator
March 12, 2015
The honours for sheer accomplishment and speed of reaction go to Dirk Bogarde and Vivien Merchant: the honours for playing against the grain to Stanley Baker.
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Calum Marsh
Village Voice
May 20, 2014
Losey and Pinter locate the pain that lurks deep within complacency, and the film positively throbs with it. It's an old idea, perhaps. But in their hands it hurts anew.
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Roger Ebert
RogerEbert.com
March 12, 2015
The film is put together as carefully as a Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 23, 2012
A firstrate cast is headed by Bogarde, who wins sympathy for his superficially cold character, and his contained way with emotion is superbly right. But the main acting surprise is contributed by Stanley Baker.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
June 5, 2009
Taut, dark, brilliantly acted -- this autopsy on the emotional lives of the English intelligentsia is among Bogarde and Losey's greatest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 5, 2009
'Accident' now seems a little self-conscious in its modernist, 'quality' art-cinema pretensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 1, 2012
Painstakingly underplayed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
June 5, 2009
It's a story of overheated sexual jealousy, colliding male egos and long boozy days full of spite and point-scoring. It's brilliantly cruel and only slightly dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 5, 2009
An eerie, caustic, surgically calm film about the skull beneath the skin of genteel English life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 20, 2014
Bring a date, because you'll need to talk this one through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 12, 2015
A subtly poised film of middle-class life in an Oxford academic milieu.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 1, 2007
Wonderful collaboration between writer Harold Pinter, director Joseph Losey, and actor Dirk Bogarde, who plays an Oxford professor obsessed with his beautiful student. Losey's stylishly elegant, psychologically comepelling study is one his best films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 5, 2009
I personally think Losey's The Servant is the more interesting film, because it has the more interesting performance from Bogarde.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
May 1, 2011
Although little remembered over the intervening decades-and maddeningly misunderstood by many of the reviewers who shrugged it off-Accident is one of the great modern films.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
March 12, 2015
Of Losey's three collaborations with Pinter (the other two are 1963's The Servant and 1970's The Go-Between), it is the most challenging and influential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 12, 2015
A sharp and complex British film that his by turns witty and engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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