Bad Education Reviews

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Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Tragic story of church's betrayal; adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 25, 2009
A dazzling autobiographical blend of Almodovar's career, childhood, and adoration & admiration for the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
In accounting for Almodóvar's identity as an artist and a man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date.
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
April 20, 2005
...Almodovar's meta-movie teases us with Big Ideas about those of us who love our fantasies so much that we turn them into our realities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 8, 2005
An original story told by one of the best contemporary filmmakers, Bad Education is a mesmerizing movie experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
March 24, 2005
Almodovar's transitions in tone and mood are so slyly executed it's only afterward that the viewer realizes how much ground this ambitious, brain-teasing movie has covered.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 17, 2005
Almodovar is that rarest of filmmakers -- one whose work becomes more daring with each film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 8, 2005
It's really a greatest hits compilation of Almodovar's own work - all the standout tracks are here, but with none of the context and soul afforded by those connective numbers.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 8, 2005
It's a fascinating film that goes off in so many directions that the viewer may have a hard time getting a handle on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 27, 2005
It still exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodóvar's work, it throws you a first-love sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 27, 2005
It's stylish, campy, gay, and signature Almodóvar.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 26, 2005
When the most noble character in the movie is a pedophiliac priest, you know you are in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 25, 2005
...Almodovar manages to stuff his frame with themes familiar and unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
February 24, 2005
Too delighted with its own cleverness.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
February 21, 2005
Paints vivid noir suspense with extremely broad brushstrokes, often pushing style to the forefront at the expense of story
| Original Score: C-
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 18, 2005
As complex a thriller as one will experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 18, 2005
[Garcia Bernal] burns through Bad Education like a meteor, lighting up Almod var's cherry-red visions of movie passion and real-life pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
February 17, 2005
The most brazenly, deliciously gay film Almodovar has ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
February 16, 2005
It's an irresistible enigma of a film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 14, 2005
Not as much a film of social protest as a sexually fluid update of a classic Hollywood mystery-melodrama...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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