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The Bad Seed Reviews

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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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 11, 2003
The Bad Seed left me with a bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Overlong, stiff, and about as suspenseful as a detergent commercial.
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
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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.
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TIME Magazine
July 18, 2011
Director LeRoy has been overly faithful to the play script.
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
Scott Weinberg
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
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
April 11, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 12, 2012
A near perfect thriller...
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.
| 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+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Chuck O'Leary
May 7, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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