The Bad Seed Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 12, 2012
A near perfect thriller...
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
October 31, 2011
The 'secret' villain is the missing father - or we should say, the mother for trying to child-rear by herself ... The bad seed is dead - but single parents, be warned.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 14, 2011
The dark drama that launched a genre of evil-kid movies. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2011
An erratic but compelling film that lingers long after the fade-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
August 14, 2007
Excellent, chilling classic with McCormack as perfect demon child.
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
May 7, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 11, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2005
Scandalous, scary and popular, but extremely outdated , this well-acted melodrama was one of the first to deal with criminal conduct as biologically conditioned
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brandon Judell
April 11, 2005
A classic reason for getting your tubes tied.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Staci Layne Wilson
August 12, 2004
...behind the blonde, pigtailed facade lurks a sinister and slippery sociopath.
Christopher Null
August 11, 2004
The movie has influenced dozens of "evil children" flicks, from The Omen to Problem Child.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2004
The Bad Seed reflects Slant Magazine's blind, abject terror of precocious, well-behaved little blonde girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 24, 2003
LeRoy's classic terrorizing tale of a deceptive delinquent with menacing motives to match is chillingly hypnotic.. The Bad Seed is a savvy psychological seesaw that carries its destructive mode brilliantly.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 12, 2003
Still pretty effective film version of the stage shocker.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
It is less a movie about dementia than a movie which itself seems demented, though it is anyone's guess whether or not this effect is intended.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Weinberg
July 29, 2002
Stagy pacing and a few woeful missteps can't change the fact that this is a creepified horror classic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 1, 2011's hard now to see what all the fuss was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
July 18, 2011
Director LeRoy has been overly faithful to the play script.
Top Critic
Variety Staff
October 23, 2008
This melodrama about a child with an inbred talent for homicide is pretty unpleasant stuff on its own.
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