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The Bad Seed Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A near perfect thriller...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

July 12, 2012
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 8/10

October 31, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The dark drama that launched a genre of evil-kid movies. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

An erratic but compelling film that lingers long after the fade-out.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2011
Steve Crum

Excellent, chilling classic with McCormack as perfect demon child.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 14, 2007
Chuck O'Leary

| Original Score: 4/5

May 7, 2007
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 5/5

April 11, 2006
Emanuel Levy

Scandalous, scary and popular, but extremely outdated , this well-acted melodrama was one of the first to deal with criminal conduct as biologically conditioned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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

June 29, 2005
Brandon Judell

A classic reason for getting your tubes tied.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2004
Staci Layne Wilson

...behind the blonde, pigtailed facade lurks a sinister and slippery sociopath.

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August 12, 2004
Christopher Null

The movie has influenced dozens of "evil children" flicks, from The Omen to Problem Child.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 11, 2004
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The Bad Seed reflects Slant Magazine's blind, abject terror of precocious, well-behaved little blonde girls.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2004
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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 24, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Still pretty effective film version of the stage shocker.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 12, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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 Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B+

January 10, 2003
Scott Weinberg

Stagy pacing and a few woeful missteps can't change the fact that this is a creepified horror classic.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

July 29, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis's hard now to see what all the fuss was about.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

October 1, 2011

TIME Magazine
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Director LeRoy has been overly faithful to the play script.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 18, 2011
Variety Staff
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This melodrama about a child with an inbred talent for homicide is pretty unpleasant stuff on its own.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 23, 2008
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