Diary of a Chambermaid (Le Journal d'une femme de chambre)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Eugene Archer, New York Times
"Remarkably subtle and perceptive straightforward narrative on the rise of French fascism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Utterly stunning."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Interesting version of the story as slightly surreal poltiical tract by Bunuel."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The themes of obsessive desire, inhibitions imposed by society and ridicule of conventional bourgeois values dominate Buñuel's work, and Diary of a Chambermaid is no exception to that."
‑ Julia Levin, Filmcritic.com
"Second-tier compared to Buñuel's masterworks, this film is worth seeing because it is his."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Diary of a Chambermaid is a piercing examination of the bourgeoisie and its obsessions. Buñuel shows us the horrifying actions and results with varying amounts of drama and humor like only he could."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"A riveting, if not minor, Bunuelian masterwork."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"A fascinatingly bizarre minor work."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A very good film that should serve as good introduction to the one of the world's greatest filmmakers."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In the end, it's not the chambermaid's sellout that shocks us but the all-absorbing power of the bourgoisie (Bunuel's longtime enemy) against which it seems futile to revolt."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Diary of a Chambermaid was a crucial turning point in Luis Buñuel's career because it would officially usher in the French period of the director's later years."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Seems less and less a product of the great Bunuel and more and more like an imitator."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Buñuel's is a darkly acute view, occasionally relieved by sardonic Swiftian humor and forgiving only of the innocence of childhood."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net