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Notes on a Scandal Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2012
Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 23, 2009
British cinema fans shouldn't miss this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 7, 2008
Eyre paces it with an eye for the telling detail, and Blanchett and Dench give harrowing, fearless performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2007
...a thoroughly trashy piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
February 19, 2007
A borderline melodrama film that is fortunate to feature two superb enough performances to grant it high entertainment status.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 10, 2007
There are brilliantly handled scenes of anger, embarrassment and humiliation, and brutal physical and emotional confrontations of great power.
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