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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
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 12, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 30, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 1, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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