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The Bad Seed (1956)

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Mervyn LeRoy

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About the Movie

Young Patty McCormack received an Oscar nomination for her performance as a murderous child in this chilling drama classic. Based on the play by Maxwell Anderson ("Anne of the Thousand Days"), it's an eerie examination of the question of nature versus nurture in the form of a little girl who is evil personified. Leonard Maltin calls it "spellbinding"!


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Mervyn LeRoy, who produced and directed, has lost a great deal of the bite of the play. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 18, 2011

Fresh: The Bad Seed reflects Slant Magazine's blind, abject terror of precocious, well-behaved little blonde girls. – Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine, Jul 11, 2014

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Customer Reviews

A Top Ten Best !

I saw this movie when I was a kid and even at that young age it left such an impression on me that I never forgot it. After seeing it again, it was as good now, as it was then. Forget acting, Patty lived the part and made the viewer believe it too. The movie is in black and white, so if your turned off by "old" B&W movies, I still think it's a must see.


If you have never seen this movie I suggest you buy it and watch it quick!!! The acting by young Patty is AMAZING. From beginning to end you will be on the edge of your seat. It is a CLASSIC for sure. My favorite movie of all time..

great great great

this movie can hold its own against today's thrillers and horror films, even without the special effects and tricky storylines. i had read the book before i read the movie, and i must say i was equally impressed by both. the conversations between rhoda and leroy are terrifying, but i think its rhoda's unflinchingness to her murders is what really gets me. but this movie! it rightly deserves the title "classic"!!!

The Bad Seed (1956)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 1956

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