Bad Education (2004)



Critic Consensus: A layered, wonderfully-acted, and passionate drama.

Movie Info

Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 60's. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through the next few decades, their reunion marking life and death.

Rating: NC-17 (for a scene of explicit sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Pedro Almodóvar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Box Office: $5.0M
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as Angel/Juan/Zahara

as Enrique Goded

as Father Manolo

as Father Manolo

as Mr. Berenguer

as Ignacio's Mother

as Father Jose

as Young Ignacio

as Young Ignacio

as Young Enrique

as Enrique Serrano

as Galicia's Barman
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Critic Reviews for Bad Education

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (43)

In accounting for Almodóvar's identity as an artist and a man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

It still exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodóvar's work, it throws you a first-love sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul.

Full Review… | February 27, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Simple melodrama, a not-that-puzzling puzzle of a film noir.

Full Review… | February 11, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Tragic story of church's betrayal; adults only.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

A dazzling autobiographical blend of Almodovar's career, childhood, and adoration & admiration for the cinema.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Film and Felt

...Almodovar's meta-movie teases us with Big Ideas about those of us who love our fantasies so much that we turn them into our realities.

Full Review… | April 20, 2005

Audience Reviews for Bad Education

For me, Bad Education represents the shift in style for Almodovar from camp comedy to edgy, often disturbing thriller. There is still plenty of the Almodovar you'd expect but there is something sinister and captivating that hasn't always been present in his previous films. It's certainly been visible since in Volver, Broken Embraces and the disturbing but brilliant The Skin I live In.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A drag queen convinces a film director to shoot a film about his childhood molestation by a priest.
As I'm exploring Almodovar's oeuvre, I'm seeing similar subjects. There is almost always an element of abnormal sexuality, and the several scenes of homosexual sex check that box. Drag queens? Also check. But these are surface elements. The reason I think I'm not diving into Almodovar is that many of his films try to do so much at once. Bad Education is a love story, a noir, a political statement against the clergy's sexual misconduct, and a melodrama, and I think all the "styles" and subject matters collide. What results is such a hodgepodge that I think people are able to attach themselves to elements of the film while ignoring the whole.
Overall, Bad Education is for Almodovar fans, and that's about it.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

An amazing mystery/revenge story. I was totally blown away with the complex nature of the film. Almodovar's style really shines in this, due to the fact that he strayed from his usual upbeat tone and really went with something dark. Gael Garcia Bernal was great and made the movie all the more enjoyable, convincing me that his character was much less horrible than he should've been. I really appreciate the bold choices used, if only more filmmakers were this brave. The director's cut is definitely a step up in terms of what shocking content was meant to be seen, it made me fall in love with it even more.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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