Notes on a Scandal
Notes on a Scandal (2006)

Two women, caught up in a drama of need and betrayal, are at the heart of the psychological thriller "Notes on a Scandal." The twists and turns of the story are noted in the acerbic diary of Barbara Covett, a domineering and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 25, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In this sharp psychological thriller, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give fierce, memorable performances as two schoolteachers locked in a battle of wits.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Smart and brash, it's a picture Bette Davis and Joan Crawford would have killed (preferably each other) to be in.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

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.

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David Keyes

The strength of the writing, and therefore the directing, is that it sees the scandal as a minor point in a human experience that is naturally corrupt, and cares more about how those on the inside choose to deal with their realities.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Blanchett has also recently appeared in The Good German and Babel, but this represents far and away her best work.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Lurid melodrama lifted by corrosive writing and a frightening performance from the Dame.

Melissa Anderson
Time Out

Richard Eyre's direction merely plays up the melodramatic aspects of ZoŽ Heller's novel, screenwriter Patrick Marber's acidic dialogue occasionally slips into the overwritten, and the rest of the cast gamely chews table scraps.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Fernando F. Croce

Stages the story with a tastefulness both ponderous and dishonest

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
I got very little out of this movie. Tired, obvious subject, played for melodrama, poorly. Philip Glass score was just too up-front.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"People trust me with their secrets. But who do I trust with mine? You, only you."</i> A veteran high school teacher befriends a… More
Alex roy
Notes on a Scandal is a near flawless film with stellar acting that will keep the viewer on the edge of his seat. The film has a phenomenal cast that makes this… More
Lewis C.
Wow, Notes on a Scandal is a supremely uncomfortable movie to watch. It's expertly crafted and the acting is flawless, but its subject matter is such that… More
Lady D'arbanville
Wonderful performances all around, with an outstanding and eerie performance from Judy Dench. This film is cleverly put together to contain a very… More
Jens S.
This decent drama tells the story of a controlling teacher, who forces a young colleague into a friendship of need and betrayal. The acting is outstanding, as… More