Notes on a Scandal Synopsis
A veteran teacher (Judi Dench) learns of a new colleague's (Cate Blanchett) affair with a student.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
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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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a poison bonbon tastier than just about anything else out there.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
As the relationship between the two British schoolteachers begins (quietly), builds (deceptively) and dissolves (spectacularly), Dench and...
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88

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Dench and Blanchett will likely pick up Oscar nominations; no one could improve on either performance.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Notes on a Scandal is a nice mug of poisoned eggnog for the holiday season -- a movie so smart and entertaining you almost don't feel its...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Taken at face value, these two women are simply despicable. But the screenplay has a bracing tincture of Grand Guignol, and nothing is...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If you want to see explosive acting, just watch Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett ignite in this film version of Zoe Heller's 2003 novel.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Notes on a Scandal may be disturbing, but it is a potent and captivating account of misconduct and betrayal.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
What it lacks, though, is any sense that these people - are real.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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...
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Morally Challenging

By avckc
A story about relationships which continuously challenges the user to weigh judgment / forgiveness, trust / mistrust, disgust / understanding, morality / immorality, defect / affect. The characters...

Notes on a Scandal

By 13moviegoer
I felt the acting was great, especially Judi Dench. I had never seen her play such a vicious character before! I enjoyed the movie but not everyone can enjoy such a drama. It had a great story line...

Notes On A Scandal

By 2Go2themovie
A movie with a great storyline and musical score. The acting is great and the movie will keep you wanting to see what's going to happen next throughout the movie. I hope Judi Dench wins an Oscar for...

A Strong Scandal

By Moviedude
Notes on a Scandal is a dramatic film at heart.However some of you might not even know this because of how it's executed,and the performances,they are both strong,and I mean STRONG.Judi Dench plays a...

Fantastic

By ballsbuster
an amazing movie, it can happen to any woman,I love it...

LOVED IT!

By rhammes07
I fell in love with this movie the moment I saw it. It honestly portrays a difficult emotion that both characters are feeling in a terrific way! Please go see it, you won't be dissappointed. Enjoy!...

Great Acting.....So-So Movie

By richgator
I thought Cate and Judi did an oscar worthy job acting. The plot was a little odd with the whole ******* twist. It's one of those movies you walk out of and have to really think about if you liked...

Dramatic, witty.

By jsplanet77
From the begining you are up for a emotional rollecoster ride. It is brittish so it was well written. Many surprises and in the end it was a good movie, but I think the movie has its audience....

NOTES ON A SCANDAL ~ Deep Dark Drama

By lugubriousthespian
Dame Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett are such a joy to watch in this taut, brooding, quite relevant tale of obsessions and madness overpowering lives to the point of complete choas. Blanchett plays...

Notes on a Scandal

By paspbury
The acting was incredible and the casting was impeccable. Both Dench and Blanchett did an incredible job at portraying a co-dependent, manipulitive freindship. I think it was one of the best, most...

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Rated R | For language and some aberrant sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Dark tale of betrayal and fixation isn't for kids.
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