Scandal Reviews

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
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
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.
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.
May 20, 2003
A stylish and persuasive film, made compelling by the exceptionally fine work of Mr. Hurt and Miss Whalley-Kilmer.
May 12, 2001
In 1989, until now a year of unparalleled cinematic mediocrity, the hypnotic and haunting Scandal looms like a colossus. Prepare to be wowed.
January 1, 2000
As a reenactment of the tabloid tempest that derailed Britain's Conservative Party in the '60s, it is a cotton candy docu-melodrama desperately seeking social significance.
January 1, 2000
The movie's strength is that it is surprisingly wise about the complexities of the human heart.
January 1, 2000
It's not the bed hopping that entices you in Scandal. It's director Michael Caton-Jones' bedside manner, in this humane, frequently lighthearted parable about falling from grace.
April 28, 1989
What makes this movie so absorbing is its heady celebration of London during this period, as well as a healthy enjoyment of the erotic elements -- demonstrating overall that good, trashy fun doesn't necessarily entail dumbness or irresponsibility.