Notes on a Scandal Reviews

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October 29, 2019
Dench is compelling, and offers a transcendent portrait of a sociopath, whose bitter, fantasy-inflected interaction with the outside world is informed by a colossal solipsism.
June 6, 2019
A sharp, intelligent thriller whose thrills come not from car chases or shootouts - but from the power of words; glorious, unabashedly brutal words.
September 16, 2015
The strength of the writing, and therefore the directing, is that it sees the scandal as a minor point in a human experience that is naturally corrupt, and cares more about how those on the inside choose to deal with their realities.
August 28, 2009
Stages the story with a tastefulness both ponderous and dishonest
May 15, 2009
Smart and brash, it's a picture Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have killed (preferably each other) to be in.
April 23, 2009
British cinema fans shouldn't miss this one.
October 18, 2008
August 7, 2008
Eyre paces it with an eye for the telling detail, and Blanchett and Dench give harrowing, fearless performances.
February 28, 2008
Notes on a Scandal is melodrama at its best -- a nasty, wickedly good, over-the-top story with school teachers standing in where vampires usually prowl.
June 5, 2007
born from watching too many episodes of Jerry Springer, and the filmmakers decided it would be more accepted by the Academy if the characters had British accents.
April 17, 2007
The characters' motives are base enough, and there's an odd combination of petty incidents having walloping consequences, but the ironies are as delicately layered and "delicious" as they could possibly be without a hint of preciosity.
March 28, 2007
Dench's performance is the greatest pleasure in a hugely enjoyable, highly literate drama.
March 12, 2007
...a thoroughly trashy piece of work...
March 8, 2007
Em seus melhores momentos, é um drama relativamente eficaz. (...) Nos piores, parece uma versão de O Pentelho protagonizada por mulheres e com Judi Dench no lugar de Jim Carrey.
March 1, 2007
Un brillante duelo actoral entre Judi Dench y Cate Blanchett %u2013dos de las mejores actrices de la actualidad- que es también un sutil estudio sobre la soledad y la obsesión.
February 24, 2007
As much as Barbara judges, however, you may find yourself in a quandary, not judging so much as taking pleasure in her vile, brilliant perfection.
February 23, 2007
The movie's driving force is Dench, whose extraordinary performance only underscores her post as one of the world's finest living actresses.
February 21, 2007
A measured and yet gloriously overblown study of desire, entitlement and the twists we experience while shuttling between the two.
February 19, 2007
Without a clear protagonist, "Notes On a Scandal" collapses under the weight of its significant subject matter. Nevertheless, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench rise above the ill- prepared source material with their passionate performances.
February 19, 2007
This is a strong drama that simmers its way to a boil by the end of the film. It falters only at the very end, in which the story falls back on a cliché.
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