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Notes on a Scandal Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 10, 2007
Engrossing, bewildering, searing and shattering, this is a film that reverberates on every level.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 9, 2007
he behind-the-camera talent has provided an explosive arena in which Oscar nominees Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett let loose.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
February 9, 2007
That's the wonder of the film: it's about the vicious power of loneliness, played out through a story of two women in love. The tragedy, for both of them, is that it's not with each other.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 9, 2007
Blanchett has also recently appeared in The Good German and Babel, but this represents far and away her best work.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 7, 2007
Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett are amazing in this psychological power play between an obsessed teacher and her unwitting target.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 7, 2007
The performances are housed in an important, perceptive film that may not always be entirely pleasant, but invariably rings true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
February 5, 2007
Richard Eyre directs the film like a chamber play. He leans on Philip Glass's ever-present and insistent music like a crutch. But his natural gift for framing scenes is terrifically assured. A potent and evil pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
Peter Bradshaw
February 3, 2007
Notes on a Scandal is about something deeply unlovely in human nature rarely explored by poets, or novelists, or film-makers: the explosive combination of desire and social envy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Richard Eyre's direction merely plays up the melodramatic aspects of ZoŽ Heller's novel, screenwriter Patrick Marber's acidic dialogue occasionally slips into the overwritten, and the rest of the cast gamely chews table scraps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
David N. Butterworth
February 2, 2007
Dench makes mincemeat of the often pedantic material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
February 1, 2007
Superbly directed, utterly compelling drama with a strong script and deservedly Oscar-nominated performances from both Dench and Blanchett.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2007
Dench and Blanchett are wonders to behold, wielding their respective powers over each other and drawing near and far, sparking flames between themselves.
Full Review| Original Score: 4.5/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 31, 2007
A mental slasher movie with strong lead performances, but too many literary pretenses to mask that it's little more than an 80-minute buildup to a throwdown to a throwdown between Oscar-winning actresses with no real sense of the story's leverage and lust
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 30, 2007
If you can ignore the script's gaping plotholes this is an acting showcase to savour, with Dame Judi on imperious form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2007
Shrewdly adapted from ZoŽ Heller's best-selling novel, Notes On A Scandal grabs your attention with a gentle touch and refuses to let go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 29, 2007
A not-quite-comedy about teacher-student sex, emotional blackmail and soul-curdling loneliness that recalls the phrase that used to appear on the cover of Mad magazine: 'Humor in a jugular vein.'
| Original Score: 3/4
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
January 29, 2007
Intelligent, classy and skin-crawling. You won't see a better acting masterclass this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
January 29, 2007
A sensationally stylish and tense drama. Great performances all round make this a movie to remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 27, 2007
A lurid psychodrama cleverly dressed up in art house garb. It plumbs the recesses of pathetic and sordid human behavior with a wry combination of gleeful deliciousness and arty pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2007
Overheated and critically overrated, Notes on a Scandal is a melodramatic thriller that is best received as an inadvertent comedy -- or perhaps an advertent one.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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