Notes on a Scandal Reviews

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August 28, 2009
Stages the story with a tastefulness both ponderous and dishonest
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
January 11, 2007
Revelations abound, confidences are shared, and tempers flare -- until, by the climax, Notes on a Scandal seems awfully redolent of one of those Bette Davis/Joan Crawford bitch-fights in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
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.
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.
December 28, 2006
A lot is wrong about Notes On A Scandal, starting with a frenetic Phillip Glass score that absurdly heightens nearly every scene in which it's used, squeezing the wit out of what might've been a wicked black comedy.
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.
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.
December 27, 2006
Ennui with a pedigree.
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.
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.
December 26, 2006
If only the movie's early momentum were kept intact.
December 22, 2006
It's a shame that such a deliciously twisted story comes across as so pedestrian onscreen.
December 20, 2006
Note to self: accept no British imports trying to be American trash.
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