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The Bad Seed Reviews

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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
July 18, 2011
An erratic but compelling film that lingers long after the fade-out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 14, 2007
Excellent, chilling classic with McCormack as perfect demon child.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 7, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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Scandalous, scary and popular, but extremely outdated , this well-acted melodrama was one of the first to deal with criminal conduct as biologically conditioned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
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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+
July 29, 2002
Stagy pacing and a few woeful missteps can't change the fact that this is a creepified horror classic.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
November 14, 2017
Evil little girl hides her murderous ways in dated classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 1, 2011'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.
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