The Bad Seed Reviews

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    Jun 24, 2019

    This film still holds up thanks to the performances and compelling storyline of psychopathic behavior by children. Mervyn LeRoy's direction is uneven as some scenes feel too theatrical and others are more cinematically filmed.

    This film still holds up thanks to the performances and compelling storyline of psychopathic behavior by children. Mervyn LeRoy's direction is uneven as some scenes feel too theatrical and others are more cinematically filmed.

  • Jun 23, 2019

    Their may be to many talking scenes for some people, but I think it is one of the best black and white movies, along with Psycho.

    Their may be to many talking scenes for some people, but I think it is one of the best black and white movies, along with Psycho.

  • Feb 19, 2019

    More a play than a movie, it's very loose and repetitive. However, this was new territory for 1956 and the subject matter was novel and horrifying. The acting was, in most instances, superb, and a thin line of suspense permeates the movie. Watching it 60 years later, and having a general feel for how the plot will progress, it is depressing rather than thought-provoking. The old nature-nurture debate has been put to bed by modern science.

    More a play than a movie, it's very loose and repetitive. However, this was new territory for 1956 and the subject matter was novel and horrifying. The acting was, in most instances, superb, and a thin line of suspense permeates the movie. Watching it 60 years later, and having a general feel for how the plot will progress, it is depressing rather than thought-provoking. The old nature-nurture debate has been put to bed by modern science.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    The best thrilling movie ever made!

    The best thrilling movie ever made!

  • Sep 29, 2018

    Horrible, had the worst ending, I can't believe someone would make this kind of movie The dad should have llived. Do not watch with your grandchildren. From the grand child I did not enjoy this movie it should be gone If you read this then hate to because I am talking about a horrible Movie the worst movie ever grrru

    Horrible, had the worst ending, I can't believe someone would make this kind of movie The dad should have llived. Do not watch with your grandchildren. From the grand child I did not enjoy this movie it should be gone If you read this then hate to because I am talking about a horrible Movie the worst movie ever grrru

  • Jul 15, 2018

    Excellent movie based on the play with a very disturbing and chilling theme, but nevertheless very fascinating to behold featuring wonderful scenes and dialogues and, foremost, acting, the performances, all Oscar worthy: Nancy Kelly as the poor mother and, of course, little "devil" Patty as the blind to pity child are fantastic.

    Excellent movie based on the play with a very disturbing and chilling theme, but nevertheless very fascinating to behold featuring wonderful scenes and dialogues and, foremost, acting, the performances, all Oscar worthy: Nancy Kelly as the poor mother and, of course, little "devil" Patty as the blind to pity child are fantastic.

  • Aug 22, 2017

    When a third grade penmanship medal goes to an undeserving candidate, the death toll skyrockets.

    When a third grade penmanship medal goes to an undeserving candidate, the death toll skyrockets.

  • Jul 02, 2017

    It falls apart in some areas, but the film as a whole is so well-written and well acted, that it's fairly easy to look past them.

    It falls apart in some areas, but the film as a whole is so well-written and well acted, that it's fairly easy to look past them.

  • Jan 21, 2017

    what a kid; her mother's stupid.

    what a kid; her mother's stupid.

  • Antonius B Super Reviewer
    Nov 29, 2016

    A seemingly prim and proper 8-year-old girl is suspiciously near a classmate who earned a medal instead of her when he drowns, thus setting off questions about her involvement in his death. The concept of an evil child is inherently eerie, and the film likens the possibility of one who can commit murder to Mozart showing his talent for music at a very young age. There are a couple of chilling moments as the mother's suspicions grow and the past unfolds, her own as well as the child's, but the film drags in places, lacks tension, and is too long at 129 minutes. It also suffers from a ridiculous ending which was not present in the novel or play, and entirely due to the Hays Code. Nancy Kelly is reasonably good in the role of the mother, but it's surprising to me that she and a couple of co-stars were nominated for Academy Awards, including Patty McCormack, the child, who was mediocre. I suspect the acclaim was due to the content being more shocking in 1956, but today, the film is just barely passable. As a side note, though, it's interesting that the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds got its name from the novel.

    A seemingly prim and proper 8-year-old girl is suspiciously near a classmate who earned a medal instead of her when he drowns, thus setting off questions about her involvement in his death. The concept of an evil child is inherently eerie, and the film likens the possibility of one who can commit murder to Mozart showing his talent for music at a very young age. There are a couple of chilling moments as the mother's suspicions grow and the past unfolds, her own as well as the child's, but the film drags in places, lacks tension, and is too long at 129 minutes. It also suffers from a ridiculous ending which was not present in the novel or play, and entirely due to the Hays Code. Nancy Kelly is reasonably good in the role of the mother, but it's surprising to me that she and a couple of co-stars were nominated for Academy Awards, including Patty McCormack, the child, who was mediocre. I suspect the acclaim was due to the content being more shocking in 1956, but today, the film is just barely passable. As a side note, though, it's interesting that the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds got its name from the novel.