The Servant
The Servant (1964)

Wealthy wastrel James Fox hires insouciant cockney Dirk Bogarde as a valet. No sooner has he donned his working clothes than Bogarde begins exercising a subtle but insidious control over his master. Suggesting that the house could use a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 16, 1964
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Losey's ripping comedy of breakdown, a master class in ominous mise-en-scène

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David Fear
Time Out

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Matthew Connolly
Slant Magazine

The film's sidelong narrative glances suggest a privileged world brimming with innuendo-laden excess and barely concealed sexual jealousies.

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Variety Staff

The Servant is for the most part strong dramatic fare, though the atmosphere and tension is not fully sustained to the end.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

From the first frame it's clear we're about to see a masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
well i can only say this blew me away. losey is a very interesting director, showing flashes of brilliance even in his worst films, and it finally all comes… More
Stefanie C
Let's play master and servant! A subtly twisted trademark Pinter screenplay. Collaboration with Joseph Losey for direction. Bogarde in a polished,… More
Cassandra Maples
This is a superb, sinister movie of the very highest class. Unlike the character Tony (James Fox) who is upper class without being high class, if you get my… More
Aj V
I know a lot of people think this is a really great movie, but I couldn't get past the beginning, it was way too slow and boring. Maybe it gets better… More
Steven Carrier
"The Servant" (most noted for it's collaboration between play write Harold Pinter and Director Joseph Losey and for Dirk Bogarde's BAFTA… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Games of moral corruption, sexual appetites, blackmail, social class scaling, subjugation and conformism; to a certain extent all tabu themes of its time… More