Irons's canny performance dominates the film. He plays the role with apparent frankness and dignity rather than melodramatic villainy, and Schroeder's camera frames him in isolation to convey his bleakness and solitude.
...an intriguing and absorbing movie, reeking of class and quite packed with powerhouse performances.
It is a surprisingly entertaining film - funny, wicked, sharp-tongued and devious.
This brilliant and outrageously entertaining film is a meticulous reenactment of one of the great dark-side-of-the-privileged sagas of our time...