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Bad Education (La Mala educación) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Simple melodrama, a not-that-puzzling puzzle of a film noir.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The performances are fine, and there are occasional flashes of the kind of inspired direction we have come to expect from Almodóvar, but, ultimately, Bad Education must be considered to be a minor effort from a major director.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2004
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

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 Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Visually, Bad Education's only impressive set piece is the dynamic, Saul Bass-esque opening credits.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 16, 2004
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

A sexual culture dense with political strategies, power plays and self-promotional misbehaviors.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2004
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Paints vivid noir suspense with extremely broad brushstrokes, often pushing style to the forefront at the expense of story

| Original Score: C-

February 21, 2005
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Truly awful. Feels like a third-rate parody of Almodovar's work, rather than the genuine article.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 0.5/5

November 2, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

A good lesson on how to lose your audience.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

January 21, 2005
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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.

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March 8, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Too delighted with its own cleverness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 24, 2005
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Almodóvar gave me no education whatsoever, good or bad. His film just took up some of my time.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

December 10, 2004
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Nothing particularly memorable or spectacular...

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 5/10

May 14, 2004
George Wu
culturevulture.net

An hour in, everything in the movie is upended in a way that is not so much difficult to swallow as simply out of left field.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

November 23, 2004
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I found the film devious and confused in its Pirandellian contrivances and shifts of identity.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 16, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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If only Bad Education engaged the heart as much as the head, Almodovar's fractured tale might have risen above its alienating noir conventions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 27, 2004

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2005
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Tragic story of church's betrayal; adults only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

Where Talk To Her moved me in serious ways, Education just sat there flat in all its twisted coolness.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 22, 2004
Annlee Ellingson
FilmStew.com

Twenty years after Brazilian filmmaker Hector Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman, Pedro Almodovar uncorks his own more quixotic movie-movie treatment of male love.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

December 14, 2004
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

It's an irresistible enigma of a film

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 3/4

February 16, 2005
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]
May 22, 2004
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 5, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 11, 2005

Boston Phoenix
March 5, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
May 13, 2005

Time Out
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January 26, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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