"Leigh’s meticulous production potently captures the pain that lurked behind stiff upper lips in the England of the Fifties and the genteel habit of hiding festering problems with small talk."
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph
"A typically authentic picture of intense and awkward relationships. It's a quiet, tender domestic drama set in the second half of the Fifties, slow and pensive though punctuated with moments of humour."
Henry Hitchens for The Evening Standard
"A loveless dirge featuring a collection of two-dimensional characters locked in a bay-windowed, parquet-floored suburban hell in the late Fifties.
Patrick Marmion for The Daily Mail
"While it doesn't disappoint in its exploration of the hermetic strangeness of English family life, it lacks the richness of texture of Leigh's finest work for stage and film...Whatever my doubts about the play, as always in a Leigh work the acting brands itself on the memory."
Michael Billington for The Guardian