The Bad Seed Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 12, 2012
A near perfect thriller...
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
October 31, 2011
The 'secret' villain is the missing father - or we should say, the mother for trying to child-rear by herself ... The bad seed is dead - but single parents, be warned.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 14, 2011
The dark drama that launched a genre of evil-kid movies. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 1, 2011's hard now to see what all the fuss was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
July 18, 2011
Director LeRoy has been overly faithful to the play script.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 18, 2011
An erratic but compelling film that lingers long after the fade-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
October 23, 2008
This melodrama about a child with an inbred talent for homicide is pretty unpleasant stuff on its own.
Steve Crum
August 14, 2007
Excellent, chilling classic with McCormack as perfect demon child.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Mervyn LeRoy, who produced and directed, has lost a great deal of the bite of the play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
1956 was way too soon for an unfettered treatment of the central premise.
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2005
Scandalous, scary and popular, but extremely outdated , this well-acted melodrama was one of the first to deal with criminal conduct as biologically conditioned
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brandon Judell
April 11, 2005
A classic reason for getting your tubes tied.
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 6, 2004
Wrung to the point of unwatchable by meandering monologues and slow reveals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
August 12, 2004
...behind the blonde, pigtailed facade lurks a sinister and slippery sociopath.
Christopher Null
August 11, 2004
The movie has influenced dozens of "evil children" flicks, from The Omen to Problem Child.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2004
The Bad Seed reflects Slant Magazine's blind, abject terror of precocious, well-behaved little blonde girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 11, 2003
The Bad Seed left me with a bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 24, 2003
LeRoy's classic terrorizing tale of a deceptive delinquent with menacing motives to match is chillingly hypnotic.. The Bad Seed is a savvy psychological seesaw that carries its destructive mode brilliantly.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 12, 2003
Still pretty effective film version of the stage shocker.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
It is less a movie about dementia than a movie which itself seems demented, though it is anyone's guess whether or not this effect is intended.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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