Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"In Scandal director Caton-Jones has faithfully recreated early Sixties swinging London, with its East End nightlife, ska clubs, and girls galore."
‑ Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle
"If you're familiar with the scandal in question, this does an excellent job in unravelling what it was actually all about."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A well made but emotionally unengaging look at one of the most famous sex scandals of 20th century Britain."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Hurt is excellent as the charming but shallow Ward."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The movie is at its best when examining the complex character of Ward"
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Depicts the 1963 Profumo affair in England as an episode in class warfare."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The greatest virtue of the filmmakers' straightforward approach is that it avoids the obvious pitfall of pretentiousness."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Caton-Jones' first feature is a serious, almost low-key affair, strong on period detail and imbued with a sense of genuine outrage."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"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."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"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."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"more interested in the people rather than the parts they played in a national scandal"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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