...an excellent debut from director Hytner who never lets Alan Bennett's script linger too long in either farce or tragedy.
...tells the story of the disintegration of a fond and foolish old man, who rulesEngland, yet cannot find his way through the tangle of his own mind.
Hawthorne's performance is especially noteworthy, allowing us to understand, and occasionally even sympathize, with a decidedly arrogant and dislikable personality.
...Hawthorne's performance is tremendously intelligent and affecting. He manages to strike a difficult and necessary balance between comedy and pathos throughout...