Bad Education Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 11, 2005
Simple melodrama, a not-that-puzzling puzzle of a film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
November 15, 2004
The performances are fine, and there are occasional flashes of the kind of inspired direction we have come to expect from Almodóvar, but, ultimately, Bad Education must be considered to be a minor effort from a major director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
February 2, 2005
A rare disappointment from Almodóvar: perilously over-the-top gay chic coupled with an overly-familiar condemnation of the Holy Catholic Church's blind eye towards pedophilia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 16, 2004
Visually, Bad Education's only impressive set piece is the dynamic, Saul Bass-esque opening credits.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 15, 2004
A sexual culture dense with political strategies, power plays and self-promotional misbehaviors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
February 21, 2005
Paints vivid noir suspense with extremely broad brushstrokes, often pushing style to the forefront at the expense of story
| Original Score: C-
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 2, 2004
Truly awful. Feels like a third-rate parody of Almodovar's work, rather than the genuine article.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 21, 2005
A good lesson on how to lose your audience.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 8, 2005
It's really a greatest hits compilation of Almodovar's own work - all the standout tracks are here, but with none of the context and soul afforded by those connective numbers.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 24, 2005
Too delighted with its own cleverness.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
December 10, 2004
Almodóvar gave me no education whatsoever, good or bad. His film just took up some of my time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 14, 2004
Nothing particularly memorable or spectacular...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
George Wu
November 23, 2004
An hour in, everything in the movie is upended in a way that is not so much difficult to swallow as simply out of left field.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 16, 2004
I found the film devious and confused in its Pirandellian contrivances and shifts of identity.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 27, 2004
If only Bad Education engaged the heart as much as the head, Almodovar's fractured tale might have risen above its alienating noir conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Baltimore Sun
February 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Tragic story of church's betrayal; adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 22, 2004
Where Talk To Her moved me in serious ways, Education just sat there flat in all its twisted coolness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
December 14, 2004
Twenty years after Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman, Pedro Almodovar uncorks his own more quixotic movie-movie treatment of male love.
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
February 16, 2005
It's an irresistible enigma of a film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
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October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
May 22, 2004
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 5, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2005

Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2005
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Time Out
January 26, 2006

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June 18, 2012
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