Scandal Reviews

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October 25, 2018
Michael Caton-Jones' Scandal tries to recreate those muddied times for the British in a sex-laden but leaden film that's held together only by John Hurt's strong performance as Stephen Ward.
May 8, 2013
The film holds because of the brilliance of Hurt and the fascination of Whalley-Kilmer, as well as the sly, tongue-in-cheek viciousness of Bridget Fonda's Mandy Rice-Davies.
May 8, 2013
In Scandal director Caton-Jones has faithfully recreated early Sixties swinging London, with its East End nightlife, ska clubs, and girls galore.
May 8, 2013
Scandal is an express tour of the Profumo affair that moves with a pop historian's revisionist swagger and plays like News of the World headlines set to early '60s rock 'n' roll.
May 8, 2013
Instead of sleaze, director Caton-Jones and screenwriter Michael Thomas deliver a vindication of the affair's chief scapegoats -- Ward and Keeler -- in the form of a two-hour nostalgia trip, with some complex and powerful performances.
May 8, 2013
A quality cast, polished writing and the atmospheric evocation of Soho and Whitehall sleaze make for a powerful depiction of Ward's fall from grace.
May 8, 2013
If you're familiar with the scandal in question, this does an excellent job in unravelling what it was actually all about.
May 8, 2013
The movie is at its best when examining the complex character of Ward
May 8, 2013
The greatest virtue of the filmmakers' straightforward approach is that it avoids the obvious pitfall of pretentiousness.
May 8, 2013
Caton-Jones is not the most stylistically assured of filmmakers, but his ability with actors is obvious. For this project, that is enough to turn the flat conventions of the docudrama into something resembling life.
May 8, 2013
Call it a hindsight view of British history, an unnecessarily controversial film about the uses of sex, or a perverse love story -- any of the descriptions will fit Scandal.
October 27, 2011
A well made but emotionally unengaging look at one of the most famous sex scandals of 20th century Britain.
March 26, 2009
Hurt is excellent as the charming but shallow Ward.
June 24, 2006
Caton-Jones' first feature is a serious, almost low-key affair, strong on period detail and imbued with a sense of genuine outrage.
November 7, 2005
May 31, 2005
February 11, 2005
October 17, 2003
July 10, 2003
Depicts the 1963 Profumo affair in England as an episode in class warfare.
May 20, 2003
A stylish and persuasive film, made compelling by the exceptionally fine work of Mr. Hurt and Miss Whalley-Kilmer.
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