Notes on a Scandal Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
May 15, 2009
Smart and brash, it's a picture Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have killed (preferably each other) to be in.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
British cinema fans shouldn't miss this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Eyre paces it with an eye for the telling detail, and Blanchett and Dench give harrowing, fearless performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
Notes on a Scandal is melodrama at its best -- a nasty, wickedly good, over-the-top story with school teachers standing in where vampires usually prowl.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 5, 2007
born from watching too many episodes of Jerry Springer, and the filmmakers decided it would be more accepted by the Academy if the characters had British accents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
April 17, 2007
The characters' motives are base enough, and there's an odd combination of petty incidents having walloping consequences, but the ironies are as delicately layered and "delicious" as they could possibly be without a hint of preciosity.
Lottie Moggach
thelondonpaper
March 28, 2007
Dench's performance is the greatest pleasure in a hugely enjoyable, highly literate drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 1, 2007
Un brillante duelo actoral entre Judi Dench y Cate Blanchett %u2013dos de las mejores actrices de la actualidad- que es también un sutil estudio sobre la soledad y la obsesión.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
February 24, 2007
As much as Barbara judges, however, you may find yourself in a quandary, not judging so much as taking pleasure in her vile, brilliant perfection.
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
February 23, 2007
The movie's driving force is Dench, whose extraordinary performance only underscores her post as one of the world's finest living actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2007
A measured and yet gloriously overblown study of desire, entitlement and the twists we experience while shuttling between the two.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 19, 2007
Without a clear protagonist, "Notes On a Scandal" collapses under the weight of its significant subject matter. Nevertheless, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench rise above the ill- prepared source material with their passionate performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 19, 2007
This is a strong drama that simmers its way to a boil by the end of the film. It falters only at the very end, in which the story falls back on a cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 19, 2007
A borderline melodrama film that is fortunate to feature two superb enough performances to grant it high entertainment status.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 10, 2007
There are brilliantly handled scenes of anger, embarrassment and humiliation, and brutal physical and emotional confrontations of great power.
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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