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.

Movie Info

Two women, caught up in a drama of need and betrayal, are at the heart of the psychological thriller "Notes on a Scandal." The twists and turns of the story are noted in the acerbic diary of Barbara Covett, a domineering and solitary teacher who rules with an iron fist over her classroom at a decaying state-run secondary school in London. Save for her cat, Portia, Barbara lives alone, without friends or confidantes--but her world changes when she meets the school's new art teacher, Sheba Hart. … More

Rating: R (for language and some aberrant sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Marber
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
Box Office: $17.4M
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as Barbara Covett

as Sheba Hart

as Richard Hart

as Steven Connelly

as Brian Bangs

as Sandy Pabblem

as Polly

as Ted Mawson

as Sue Hodge

as Bill Rumer

as Elaine Clifford

as Antonia Robinson

as Ben Hart

as Marjorie

as Tameka Empson

as Lorraine

as Sheba's Mother

as Saskia

as Eddie's Wife

as Mr. Connolly

as Mrs. Connolly

as Newsreader

as Brian Bangs
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Critic Reviews for Notes on a Scandal

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (43)

Blanchett has also recently appeared in The Good German and Babel, but this represents far and away her best work.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Stages the story with a tastefulness both ponderous and dishonest

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Smart and brash, it's a picture Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have killed (preferably each other) to be in.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
I.E. Weekly

British cinema fans shouldn't miss this one.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Eyre paces it with an eye for the telling detail, and Blanchett and Dench give harrowing, fearless performances.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

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.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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