Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)

Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.



Reviews Counted: 22

liked it

Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,900


All Critics | Top Critics
Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Count: 0
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 0


Average Rating: 3.8/5

You may have noticed some of the recent changes we have made. To read more about what we’ve been working on behind the scenes, please check out our new RT Product Blog here.

Want to See

Add Rating
My Rating    

Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre) Photos

Movie Info

Based on the 1900 novel by Octave Mirbeau, 'Diary of a Chambermaid' tells the story of an alluring chambermaid who enters the service of an eccentric family in rural France.

Watch it now


Critic Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (2)

  • Less fantastical than much of Luis Bunuel's work, this 1964 adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel demonstrates that realism and surrealism aren't the polar opposites some might think.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, the intervening decades seem to have weakened Mr. Bunuel's powers. His new adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's Diary of a Chambermaid suffers in comparison with the strange but memorable version Jean Renoir did with Paulette Goddard in 1946.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ...just when it seems to settle in as a black comedy, the movie turns grisly.

    Jan 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his.

    Apr 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A wonderfully vulgar film from the masterful Spanish director Luis Bunuel, Diary of a Chambermaid is an adaptation in spirit of Octave Mirbeau's novel and Jean Renoir's 1946 film.

    Aug 31, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Remarkably subtle and perceptive straightforward narrative on the rise of French fascism.

    Jul 27, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)


This is another Buñuelian study on the rotten core of the bourgeois, but the fact that it comes disguised as a sort of household drama makes one have to look harder to see into his agenda. The always fascinating Jeanne Moreau and the glossy widescreen cinematography make it stand out among the director's other films, but I frankly prefer when he's having fun with his sardonic and sinister view of the world.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

amour fou?

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


fairly conventional and far from buñuel's best; it's a serviceable study of the foibles of the bourgeois and hypocrisy of small town life. moreau is always watchable. i'm interested to see renoir's version with paulette goddard

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features