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Notes on a Scandal Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
December 26, 2006
What in Zoe Heller's novel, upon which the film is based, served as a subtle undercurrent here is hammered upon to a desperate degree. Exacerbating the film's ill-suited film noir-ish tone is Philip Glass' intrusive score.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2007
Overheated and critically overrated, Notes on a Scandal is a melodramatic thriller that is best received as an inadvertent comedy -- or perhaps an advertent one.
| Original Score: 82/100
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James Berardinelli
December 26, 2006
In order to propel circumstances to a conclusion, Notes on a Scandal relies upon a contrivance so ugly and obvious that it's impossible to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 4, 2007
Setting aside the scads of preposterous plot contrivance, Patrick Marber's screenplay is full of jaundiced cleverness about England's class system, but that's far from enough to save this disreputable movie.
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Stages the story with a tastefulness both ponderous and dishonest
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 5, 2007
Dramatic overstatement saturates just about every piece of this production. Even that master of orchestral pop minimalism, Philip Glass, managed to write a score that slinks into the dark shadows of old gothic witchery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 8, 2006
The scandal is the misogynist tone taken toward this film's female characters.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 19, 2006
Could ... have turned out to be a guilty pleasure were it more uninhibited and less rushed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 31, 2007
A mental slasher movie with strong lead performances, but too many literary pretenses to mask that it's little more than an 80-minute buildup to a throwdown to a throwdown between Oscar-winning actresses with no real sense of the story's leverage and lust
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Erik Childress
December 27, 2006
Dench's coup de grace of trying to get Blanchett to comfort her over her dying 'pussycat' reads no differently than the ridiculous requests Kramer made to Seinfeld after giving him his blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 13, 2007
[I]n desperate need of a sense of humor, because only a healthy dollop of To Die For style irony could have saved the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 20, 2006
Note to self: accept no British imports trying to be American trash.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 12, 2007
...a thoroughly trashy piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 27, 2006
Ennui with a pedigree.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 3, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Jason Clark
Slant Magazine
December 26, 2006
If only the movie's early momentum were kept intact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 27, 2007
A lurid psychodrama cleverly dressed up in art house garb. It plumbs the recesses of pathetic and sordid human behavior with a wry combination of gleeful deliciousness and arty pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
December 22, 2006
It's a shame that such a deliciously twisted story comes across as so pedestrian onscreen.
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
December 27, 2006
How about bestowing the year's most-overrated tag on Notes on a Scandal, an over-the-top melodrama that takes Zoe Heller's first-rate page-turner and transforms it into something that's neither here nor there.
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