Notes on a Scandal (2006)
Critic Consensus: In this sharp psychological thriller, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give fierce, memorable performances as two schoolteachers locked in a battle of wits.
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as Barbara Covett
as Sheba Hart
as Richard Hart
as Steven Connelly
as Brian Bangs
as Sandy Pabblem
as Ted Mawson
as Sue Hodge
as Bill Rumer
as Elaine Clifford
as Antonia Robinson
as Ben Hart
as Tameka Empson
as Sheba's Mother
as Eddie's Wife
as Mr. Connolly
as Mrs. Connolly
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Critic Reviews for Notes on a Scandal
Smart and brash, it's a picture Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have killed (preferably each other) to be in.
Blanchett has also recently appeared in The Good German and Babel, but this represents far and away her best work.
Richard Eyre's direction merely plays up the melodramatic aspects of Zoë Heller's novel, screenwriter Patrick Marber's acidic dialogue occasionally slips into the overwritten, and the rest of the cast gamely chews table scraps.
Bill Nighy is stunning in the small but pivotal role of Sheba's devastated husband, and Dench locates the desperate pathos in Barbara's malevolence.
This compact, fierce and frightening domestic thriller is the most violent film in many a day. The rage is in the angry words, the deepest thoughts of its 'heroine,' and the fear about what might come from those words is palpable.
While Glenn Close played her Fatal Attraction character's 'I will not be ignored' psycho-obsession out front and out loud, Dench does it as subtext, making it all the more insidious, frightening ... and fascinating.
Audience Reviews for Notes on a Scandal
Notes on a Scandal is a near flawless film with stellar acting that will keep the viewer on the edge of his seat. The film has a phenomenal cast that makes this film an incredible cinematic experience. Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench are incredible in their respective roles. Notes on a Scandal is superior drama film that might divide the viewers due to its subject matter. A new art teacher at a school is suspected to having a sexual affair with a fellow student by an elderly teacher, Barbara (Judi Dench) that there's an affair going on between the new teacher, Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett). I thought that Notes on a Scandal was a terrific film, and the acting displayed on screen by Dench and Blanchett is what makes this film a unique viewing experience. Both actresses are accomplished and have incredible talent, and seeing that talent comes through is really what makes this film worth watching. Notes on a Scandal is a well made film with phenomenal acting and despite its somewhat controversial subject is a great story as well. The film works because of the great acting that the lead actresses display on screen, and though uneven at times, Notes on a Scandal is still a solid enough thriller to enjoy with plenty of tricks up its sleeves.
Wonderful performances all around, with an outstanding and eerie performance from Judy Dench. This film is cleverly put together to contain a very controversial subject and yet the attention is drawn far more to the sub-topic of the relationship between Dench and Blanchett's characters. Left me with a feeling of wanting to shake off the eerie, creepy feel.
"People trust me with their secrets. But who do I trust with mine? You, only you." A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Notes on a Scandal Quotes
|Barbara Covett:||Children are feral. They sense your anxiety.|
|Barbara Covett:||No one can violate our magnificent complicity.|
|Barbara Covett:||Well, I am glad I was such an aphrodisiac.|
|Sheba Hart:||You think this is a love affair? A relationship?|
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