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The Bad Seed Reviews

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November 14, 2017
Evil little girl hides her murderous ways in dated classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 12, 2012
A near perfect thriller...
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.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
October 14, 2011
The dark drama that launched a genre of evil-kid movies. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2011
...it's hard now to see what all the fuss was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
July 18, 2011
Director LeRoy has been overly faithful to the play script.
July 18, 2011
An erratic but compelling film that lingers long after the fade-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2008
This melodrama about a child with an inbred talent for homicide is pretty unpleasant stuff on its own.
August 14, 2007
Excellent, chilling classic with McCormack as perfect demon child.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
1956 was way too soon for an unfettered treatment of the central premise.
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Scandalous, scary and popular, but extremely outdated , this well-acted melodrama was one of the first to deal with criminal conduct as biologically conditioned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
April 11, 2005
A classic reason for getting your tubes tied.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 6, 2004
Wrung to the point of unwatchable by meandering monologues and slow reveals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 12, 2004
...behind the blonde, pigtailed facade lurks a sinister and slippery sociopath.
August 11, 2004
The movie has influenced dozens of "evil children" flicks, from The Omen to Problem Child.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
July 11, 2003
The Bad Seed left me with a bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
May 12, 2003
Still pretty effective film version of the stage shocker.
| Original Score: 4/5
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