The Servant Reviews

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May 7, 2019
An attempt to inflate a melodrama into Significance, by pretentious direction, that only succeeded in spoiling it as entertainment.
February 8, 2018
One can appreciate what Pinter intends and applaud a great deal of Losey's execution.
August 29, 2013
Glaciers might be melting, the polar caps might be crumbling, but not even the passage of half a century has taken the frozen edge off this brilliantly icy film.
August 5, 2013
Losey's ripping comedy of breakdown, a master class in ominous mise-en-scène
July 23, 2013
A perfect storm of perversity, pre-Persona identity transference, prole pole-positioning and mutually assured psychological destruction, Joseph Losey's masterpiece immediately transformed the director from has-been Hollywood exile to European auteur.
July 22, 2013
The film's sidelong narrative glances suggest a privileged world brimming with innuendo-laden excess and barely concealed sexual jealousies.
April 8, 2013
From the first frame it's clear we're about to see a masterpiece.
March 22, 2013
Essentially a two-hander, with Fox admirable as a latter-day Sebastian Flyte and Bogarde (finally nailing his matinée reputation) chilling as the mercenary valet.
March 22, 2013
Claustrophobic film-making carries a charge it's not easy to forget. Only Pinter could match it.
March 21, 2013
It is a brilliant, subversive account of class relations and the changing times.
March 21, 2013
Losey's use of off-kilter camera angles and an ornamental convex mirror helps to emphasise the stifling architecture of the building while offering eerie portents of things to come.
March 15, 2013
Losey creates an atmosphere of deepening claustrophobic menace shot through with episodes of savage black humour.
August 15, 2009
Slight comedy based on the antics of a group of naughty Brit medical students at a London hospital.
August 18, 2008
A masterful cat and mouse game.
July 16, 2008
Opaque but hypnotically absorbing allegory of power, exploitation, and sublimated sexuality in a class-based society.
July 16, 2008
The Servant is for the most part strong dramatic fare, though the atmosphere and tension is not fully sustained to the end.
June 12, 2007
December 30, 2006
Certainly difficult to define, this period piece messes with genres, power relationships and your head.
June 24, 2006
The performances are note-perfect and Pinter's script is smart, subversive and sly, lifting the lid on our age-old feudal hierarchy and having a good dig about inside.
August 10, 2005
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