Le Procès (The Trial)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though debatable as an adaptation of the Franz Kafka novel, Orson Welles's nightmarish, labyrinthine comedy of 1962 remains his creepiest and most disturbing work; it's also a lot more influential than people usually admit."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Trial is splendid to look at and teeming with ideas about the individual, society, and of course, film itself."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"Overwhelmingly bleak, but exciting cinema."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Welles applied his bravura directorial style to Kafka's landmark 1925 novel about Joseph K (Perkins), an office clerk who gets arrested without being told why."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A great filmmaker who is an excellent guide into a Kafkaesque nightmare."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The blackest of Welles' comedies."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Above all a visual achievement, an exuberant use of camera placement and movement and inventive lighting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Labyrinthine, stylized and tragicomic, this adaptation of Kafka's novel sees Welles at his funniest, and his most despairing."
‑ , Film4
"While not exactly Kafka, every inch of it is most certainly Welles"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"A singularly unique -- though somewhat flawed -- literary adaptation that mixes that modern and the baroque with luminous black and white photography."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"At best, it is another demonstration of the camera vers atility of Mr. Welles; at worse, a further Kafka demonstration extending to the demanding medium of the screen."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The more Joseph tries to understand, the more impenetrable it becomes."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Orson Welles' bounced Czech, via Kafka. Not the masterpiece that many Welles fanatics claim, but intriguing and outrageous enough for genuine appreciation."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Welles' adaptation of Kafka's famous work is one of his most innovative and bizarre, a trip through the surreal that would have done Kafka proud."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Could stand to be shorter, but overall a great attempt to bring Kafka to the screen."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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