Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Critic Consensus: In this sharp psychological thriller, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give fierce, memorable performances as two schoolteachers locked in a battle of wits.
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as Barbara Covett
as Sheba Hart
as Richard Hart
as Steven Connelly
as Brian Bangs
as Sandy Pabblem
as Ted Mawson
as Sue Hodge
as Bill Rumer
as Elaine Clifford
as Antonia Robinson
as Ben Hart
as Tameka Empson
as Sheba's Mother
as Eddie's Wife
as Mr. Connolly
as Mrs. Connolly
as Brian Bangs
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Critic Reviews for Notes on a Scandal
Smart and brash, it's a picture Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have killed (preferably each other) to be in.
Blanchett has also recently appeared in The Good German and Babel, but this represents far and away her best work.
The strength of the writing, and therefore the directing, is that it sees the scandal as a minor point in a human experience that is naturally corrupt, and cares more about how those on the inside choose to deal with their realities.
Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame.
Audience Reviews for Notes on a Scandal
I got very little out of this movie. Tired, obvious subject, played for melodrama, poorly. Philip Glass score was just too up-front.
Notes on a Scandal is a near flawless film with stellar acting that will keep the viewer on the edge of his seat. The film has a phenomenal cast that makes this film an incredible cinematic experience. Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench are incredible in their respective roles. Notes on a Scandal is superior drama film that might divide the viewers due to its subject matter. A new art teacher at a school is suspected to having a sexual affair with a fellow student by an elderly teacher, Barbara (Judi Dench) that there's an affair going on between the new teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett). I thought that Notes on a Scandal was a terrific film, and the acting displayed on screen by Dench and Blanchett is what makes this film a unique viewing experience. Both actresses are accomplished and have incredible talent, and seeing that talent comes through is really what makes this film worth watching. Notes on a Scandal is a well made film with phenomenal acting and despite its somewhat controversial subject is a great story as well.
The film works because of the great acting that the lead actresses display on screen, and though uneven at times, Notes on a Scandal is still a solid enough thriller to enjoy with plenty of tricks up its sleeves.
Wonderful performances all around, with an outstanding and eerie performance from Judy Dench.
This film is cleverly put together to contain a very controversial subject and yet the attention is drawn far more to the sub-topic of the relationship between Dench and Blanchett's characters.
Left me with a feeling of wanting to shake off the eerie, creepy feel.
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