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  • Summary: In the early 60s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and fear in a Christian school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. The three characters come against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in 1980. These meetings are set to change the life and death of some of them. (Club Cultura) Expand
  • Director: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Crime
  • Rating: NC-17
  • Runtime: 106 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 100
    To watch Bad Education is to revel, along with Almodovar, in the power of cinema to take us on journeys of breathtaking mystery and dimension and beauty.
  2. With Bad Education, the great Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career.
  3. 100
    A rapturous masterwork.
  4. A masterful epic charting love's labyrinths.
  5. May be at once too gimmicky and too sincere. But it still exerts an uncanny power: Like the best of Almodóvar’s work, it throws you a first-love sucker punch that will stagger your heart, mind, and soul.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Such garbage that taking a shower at the Bates Motel is a more appealing alternative.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. GinaS.
    Jun 9, 2006
    Watching it last night, my roommate came home just as end credits rolled. I exclaimed "You have to watch this movie" and started it over again. Just as enthralling on 2nd viewing. Expand
  2. EmmaD.
    Nov 7, 2006
    The movie pushed the envelope, yes. But in the end, all envelopes must be pushed, and in "Bad Education" it was done beautifully, intelligently, and was one of the most believable movies I've ever seen. The casting was amazing, with actors who didn't foce anyhting, and the intricate plot kept me guessing. The movie ended without fear, boldly and movingly. "Bad Education" made you think, my favorite kind of movie. Expand
  3. May 29, 2013
    I finally saw this film but only after watching Almodovar's more recent "The Skin I Live In," which for me was a far superior movie--one of the best of 2011. However, even second-tier Almodovar is a heightened and idiosyncratic pleasure and is far better than most films made today. And "Bad Education"--with its signature blend of sex, camp, melodrama, and noir--is most definitely and unmistakably Almodovar. This film also features superb music by Alberto Iglesias (who deserves to win an Oscar someday) and impressive acting--the actors incl. Gael Garcia Bernal really throw themselves into their roles. Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It was too complex in that I could not understand what the film meant. I could not assemble it for myself to one striking meaning. The characters go off in different directions without taking me to one destination, so to speak.

    The use of the Super 8 was very clever (and disturbing). The mise-en-scene and lighting were often classic noir, direct. The metafiction and the emotion that followed were done well. Almodovar has a lot of ideas, but if we see a convergence of features in this work, or just a fireworks display of cinematography, I have to say the latter. But this is one of the most interesting films I have seen from a narrative structure point of view, and I would recommend others to see it. One gets the sense that this was a deeply felt film from the writer/director's point of view. I wonder very much how this work could be condensed, how this meta-fictional structure could apply elsewhere to a more powerful effect.
  5. Dec 18, 2012
    It's a good story it got me guessing the entire movie, but it's always the same thing with Almodovar a gay or a lesbian drama and lots of sex and naked people, sometimes it's just too much maybe a scene to set up the idea or the mood of movie. And personally I hate actors faking a foreign accent, yo don't need Gael to perform that character when you have so many real Spanish actors. Expand
  6. TonyB.
    Nov 15, 2005
    Not much ado about nothing perhaps, just about very of the more overrated films in recent memory.
  7. JamesE.
    Oct 4, 2005
    I'm not sure what was so special about this other than it pushed the envelope with Catholicism. I was weirded out most of the movie.

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