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The complex relationships among an Oxford professor, one of his students, and the young woman who captivates both of them is the subject of this difficult but rewarding drama. Director Joseph Losey and writer Harold Pinter had previously collaborated on 1963's The Servant, and they surrounded this recasting of a Nicholas Mosley novel with a similar atmosphere of ominous mystery. The story is presented through flashbacks and disconnected memories that trace the characters' interactions. Though the mood is occasionally brightened by satirical views of the academic world, the overall… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Accident" seems like an early prototype for Neil LaBute plays but without their infuriating provocations and ugly morale."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"'Accident' now seems a little self-conscious in its modernist, 'quality' art-cinema pretensions."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"An eerie, caustic, surgically calm film about the skull beneath the skin of genteel English life."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"I personally think Losey's The Servant is the more interesting film, because it has the more interesting performance from Bogarde."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Bring a date, because you'll need to talk this one through."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Painstakingly underplayed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Taut, dark, brilliantly acted - this autopsy on the emotional lives of the English intelligentsia is among Bogarde and Losey's greatest achievements."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"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."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"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."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"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."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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