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Notes On a Scandal

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Richard Eyre

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About the Movie

Academy Award® winners Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett give wickedly entertaining, Oscar-nominated performances, in this sexy, stylish thriller. Judi Dench mesmerizes as Barbara Covett, a teacher who rules over her classroom with an iron fist, yet leads a desperate, solitary life outside it. That is, until she meets radiant new art teacher Sheba Hart (Blanchett). Although at first overjoyed with her newfound kindred spirit, when Barbara discovers that Sheba is having an affair with a teenage student, her jealously and rage spiral out of control.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 172
  • Fresh: 150
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: In England, it seems, actresses have nothing to fear from age. They can simply wait for writers to create fresh work for them. – David Denby, New Yorker, Jan 9, 2007

Fresh: Patrick Marber's adaptation of the Zoe Heller novel improves upon the promise of the [Dench/Blanchett] pairing with a story that wastes no time on preliminaries as it descends -- gleefully -- into pitch-black comedy. – Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, May 13, 2009

Fresh: Almost unbearably tense as the relationship between cat and mouse takes completely unexpected, if completely believable, turns. – Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Everything complements eachother in this wonderful piece of art!

This movie really deserves oscars! both dench and blanchett are superb in roles that are really dense and hard to play, they shine as actors. the storyline of course is a tabu even though it's reality. Marital problems, living with a disabled child, feeling old but still wanting youth, loneliness and the tender subject of youth attracted to power (in the role of the teacher) and also the feeling of being wanted is all connected to a webbing of immense beauty and depth, truth and shame. A movie anyone could have something in commong with! Highly recommended!

well done, dench! you too, cate

well done, dench! you too, cate


This film is fantastic! Its one of my favorites!

Notes On a Scandal
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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2007

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