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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 5, 2013
Losey's ripping comedy of breakdown, a master class in ominous mise-en-scène
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David Fear
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine
July 22, 2013
The film's sidelong narrative glances suggest a privileged world brimming with innuendo-laden excess and barely concealed sexual jealousies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 8, 2013
From the first frame it's clear we're about to see a masterpiece.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
March 22, 2013
Claustrophobic film-making carries a charge it's not easy to forget. Only Pinter could match it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 21, 2013
It is a brilliant, subversive account of class relations and the changing times.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
March 15, 2013
Losey creates an atmosphere of deepening claustrophobic menace shot through with episodes of savage black humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 15, 2009
Slight comedy based on the antics of a group of naughty Brit medical students at a London hospital.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 18, 2008
A masterful cat and mouse game.

TV Guide
July 16, 2008
Opaque but hypnotically absorbing allegory of power, exploitation, and sublimated sexuality in a class-based society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
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.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Certainly difficult to define, this period piece messes with genres, power relationships and your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
The formidable triumvirate of Bogarde, Losey and Pinter each stamp their personalities on this deliciously unpleasant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It is a flesh-creeping demonstration of human destructiveness that Mr. Pinter and Mr. Losey are presenting in this film, and it is made all the more horrifying by the genteel surroundings in which it occurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The film is very studied and smooth, even though it deals in sexual hysteria; it could use some of the roughness and drive of Losey's early work.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 12, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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