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Bad Education Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 13, 2005
the film stays grounded, but there's always a slippery subtext of meta-cinematic glee pushing at the seams
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
February 11, 2005
Strap yourself in for a wild ride.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 11, 2005
Simple melodrama, a not-that-puzzling puzzle of a film noir.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 11, 2005
A challenging, highly subjective and personally affecting work that invites your own free-spirited interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 11, 2005
Pedro Almodovar has draped his trademark explosively visual palette and hard-candy colors in the black crepe of film noir.
| Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
February 11, 2005
Bad Education lacks the ample comic breathers (Pedro) Almodóvar often brings to lessen his dramatic blow. Perhaps this one hits too close to home to laugh off.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 10, 2005
Taken at face value, Bad Education is about molestation, but from a wider perspective, it's about love, loss of innocence and the desperate quest for redemption.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
February 6, 2005
With Bad Education, the great Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 4, 2005
Even though Bad Education ultimately seems to escape the director's control, there is no small amount of enjoyment in getting lost in its sexual-philosophical house of mirrors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 4, 2005
Reality, fantasy and cinema interweave with such grace and power that it's often difficult to separate one from the other, which is, of course, the point.
| Original Score: B+
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
February 3, 2005
Rendering child molestation and its aftermath as pulp pursuits raises all sorts of moral red flags, but it proves an efficient method of renewing audience interest in an ever-more-familiar pandemic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
February 3, 2005
Sexy and complicated as between its adult leads, Bad Education also marks the most insightful critique yet of the pedophile scandals in the Catholic Church.
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
February 2, 2005
A rare disappointment from Almodóvar: perilously over-the-top gay chic coupled with an overly-familiar condemnation of the Holy Catholic Church's blind eye towards pedophilia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 27, 2005
The structure of Bad Education is complicated, but there's a reason for it. Each layer of the story is like a coat of paint that further clarifies the overall impression of the film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 27, 2005
This is a disturbing film that challenges the viewer's comfort. It also challenges you to keep up as it jumps stylistically from comedy to romance to drama to a film noir thriller.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 21, 2005
A good lesson on how to lose your audience.
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
January 21, 2005
Though short in characterization and emotional involvement, this complex tale is gripping and beautiful.**
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2005
A masterful epic charting love's labyrinths.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 15, 2005
His films are set-designed to the teeth, fastidiously framed and filled with beautiful bodies across the gender spectrum.
| Original Score: 3/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
January 15, 2005
Once again, Almodovar changes directions and this time delivers a thematic treatise on the Catholic church wrapped up in a mystery.
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