Notes On A Scandal

Notes On A Scandal

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Notes On A Scandal
In an intriguing departure from her usual, Judi Dench plays Barbara - a bitter, creepy and iron-fisted teacher at a low rent secondary school in London. Barb’s only companion is her cat, so when the new art teacher Sheba (Blanchett) begins, she finds a pet obsession. Sheba’s a young, attractive, married with kids bohemian – everything Barb isn’t and wants to be.

But she’s also got a secret. Barbara learns of it when she spies Sheba, in the arms of a 15 year old student (Simpson). Barbara’s initial shock quickly dissipates as she realises the power she now holds over her new ‘friend’.
2007Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes92 minsUK
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Compelling and memorable

This film was simply compelling. Not a huge Judi Dench fan, I am now after seeing this film. Her performance in this film was thoroughly authentic, complementing Blanchett's convincing portrayal of a dissolute teacher tainted by her middle class label. The connection between these women was about their loneliness with one so detatched, Ba (Dench), she...

5.0
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An intriguing tale...

Wonderful acting and intrigue by the bucketful this film was a delightful surprise. I didn't know anything about this film before going in to see it and I think that made it even better! I saw the trailer for it a week after seeing the movie and was thoroughly disappointed! It gave away most of the plot. Poor people who hadn't seen it already. Even the big...

4.0
0

Enjoyable, if a little underwhelming.

I enjoyed 'Notes On A Scandal', but felt a little under-whelmed by the end. The ending I thought was a bit of a non-event. The characters are multi-layered and very interesting. The performances, as you might have gathered from all reviews here, are very good - including also Bill Nighy. And did anyone else think Sheba went a bit too far at the end?...

3.0
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Dame Judi pitches her performance perfectly

I am an unashamed Judi Dench fan. Bias declared I will go onto say that her performance is intense but subtle. No over-acting here. The person she presents to us is humanly complex and I left the theatre both horrified by and sympathetic to her. Not a feel good film but a disturbing thought provoking film which I will be chewing over and relishing for weeks...

4.0
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Wonderful Acting

Notes on a Scandal is a thought provoking film and for me was the best I've seen for a while.

5.0
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a visual reading

Great script, like a book being read with gorgous visuals. Superb acting and casting. For those who love movies about obsessions, this delivers. I wish I hadn't seem the trailor as it gave too much away. Entertaining despite inplausible romantic locations and with a cliched ending. Very enjoyable cinema for the ladies, despite the flaws.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

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The riveting interplay between Dench and Cate Blanchett draws blood with every scene, thanks to a precision-honed script and Eyre's equally incisive direction...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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Notes on a Scandal won't be everyone's cup of tea. But if you like your films strong, this one is not to be missed...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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In bringing Heller's book to the screen, director Richard Eyre ("Iris," "Stage Beauty") and screenwriter Patrick Marber ("Closer") have tossed the book's subtlety out the window, along with its psychological complexity, its running theme of self-deception and its dark, extra-wry sense of humor...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Eyre does a fine job overseeing performances by a terrific cast that rings true until female hysteria takes over the final act. But in tone and theme, the film has all the hallmarks of playwright-screenwriter Marber's stark, uncompromising misanthropy, if not misogyny...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Intelligent, classy and skin-crawling. You won't see a better acting masterclass this year...

4.0
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BBC

BBC

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Imposing spaces, muted colours and a spine-tingling score heighten the journey into the dark recesses of Barbara's mind. With every manipulation, it becomes creepier and more compelling...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The riveting interplay between Dench and Cate Blanchett draws blood with every scene, thanks to a precision-honed script and Eyre's equally incisive direction...

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Notes on a Scandal won't be everyone's cup of tea. But if you like your films strong, this one is not to be missed...

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In bringing Heller's book to the screen, director Richard Eyre ("Iris," "Stage Beauty") and screenwriter Patrick Marber ("Closer") have tossed the book's subtlety out the window, along with its psychological complexity, its running theme of self-deception and its dark, extra-wry sense of humor...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Eyre does a fine job overseeing performances by a terrific cast that rings true until female hysteria takes over the final act. But in tone and theme, the film has all the hallmarks of playwright-screenwriter Marber's stark, uncompromising misanthropy, if not misogyny...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Intelligent, classy and skin-crawling. You won't see a better acting masterclass this year...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

Imposing spaces, muted colours and a spine-tingling score heighten the journey into the dark recesses of Barbara's mind. With every manipulation, it becomes creepier and more compelling...

4.0
0

Compelling and memorable

This film was simply compelling. Not a huge Judi Dench fan, I am now after seeing this film. Her performance in this film was thoroughly authentic, complementing Blanchett's convincing portrayal of a dissolute teacher tainted by her middle class label. The connection between these women was about their loneliness with one so detatched, Ba (Dench), she...

5.0
0

An intriguing tale...

Wonderful acting and intrigue by the bucketful this film was a delightful surprise. I didn't know anything about this film before going in to see it and I think that made it even better! I saw the trailer for it a week after seeing the movie and was thoroughly disappointed! It gave away most of the plot. Poor people who hadn't seen it already. Even the...

4.0
0

Enjoyable, if a little underwhelming.

I enjoyed 'Notes On A Scandal', but felt a little under-whelmed by the end. The ending I thought was a bit of a non-event. The characters are multi-layered and very interesting. The performances, as you might have gathered from all reviews here, are very good - including also Bill Nighy. And did anyone else think Sheba went a bit too far at the end?...

3.0
0

Dame Judi pitches her performance perfectly

I am an unashamed Judi Dench fan. Bias declared I will go onto say that her performance is intense but subtle. No over-acting here. The person she presents to us is humanly complex and I left the theatre both horrified by and sympathetic to her. Not a feel good film but a disturbing thought provoking film which I will be chewing over and relishing for...

4.0
0

Wonderful Acting

Notes on a Scandal is a thought provoking film and for me was the best I've seen for a while.

5.0
0

a visual reading

Great script, like a book being read with gorgous visuals. Superb acting and casting. For those who love movies about obsessions, this delivers. I wish I hadn't seem the trailor as it gave too much away. Entertaining despite inplausible romantic locations and with a cliched ending. Very enjoyable cinema for the ladies, despite the flaws.

4.0
0