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The Bad Seed Reviews

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October 23, 2008
This melodrama about a child with an inbred talent for homicide is pretty unpleasant stuff on its own.
July 11, 2003
The Bad Seed left me with a bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 1, 2011
...it's hard now to see what all the fuss was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 1, 2000
Overlong, stiff, and about as suspenseful as a detergent commercial.
September 6, 2004
Wrung to the point of unwatchable by meandering monologues and slow reveals.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
November 14, 2017
Evil little girl hides her murderous ways in dated classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
1956 was way too soon for an unfettered treatment of the central premise.
Top Critic
July 18, 2011
Director LeRoy has been overly faithful to the play script.
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 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
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
April 11, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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
July 12, 2012
A near perfect thriller...
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
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+
August 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2011
The dark drama that launched a genre of evil-kid movies. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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