Peter Brook’s British film adaptation lifts the concept wholesale, adding a few inflections with respect to ever-strained Anglo-Franco relations . . . , and manically thrusts us into the center of the loony bin performance, choking the players with close-ups that rarely let up. The effect is even more urgently visceral than the (allegedly appalling) West End edition, despite the meta-staginess of the concept.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
September 10, 2012