Notes on a Scandal Reviews

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 21, 2007
February 9, 2007
Blanchett has also recently appeared in The Good German and Babel, but this represents far and away her best work.
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.
January 25, 2007
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.
January 12, 2007
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.
January 11, 2007
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.
January 8, 2007
In England, it seems, actresses have nothing to fear from age. They can simply wait for writers to create fresh work for them.
January 5, 2007
Patrick Marber's adaptation of the Zoë Heller novel improves upon the promise of the [Dench/Blanchett] pairing with a story that wastes no time on preliminaries as it descends -- gleefully -- into pitch-black comedy.
January 5, 2007
Notes on a Scandal emerges as a remarkable character study: difficult to watch, impossible to look away.