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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Entertainment Weekly

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

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


By ballsbuster
an amazing movie, it can happen to any woman,I love 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 lesbian twist. It's one of those movies you walk out of and have to really think about if you liked...


By robdantop
I would rather have my teeth pulled without Novicane than sit through this again......

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

By abundance
Acting is at its finest here by both Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. While the plot may have holes here and there, one forgets that quickly due to watching these actress' at their finest. The most...

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