Bad Education

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    A rapturous masterwork.
  2. Bad Education is a voluptuous experience that invites you to gorge on its beauty and vitality, although it has perhaps the darkest ending of any of the films by the Spanish writer and director.
  3. 100
    From the Hitchcockian opening credits to the final frame, Almodovar has Hitch on his mind.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    100
    Almodóvar has created a dense, audacious film in which layers of cinematic artifice lovingly camouflage (at least for a while) its characters’ dark, damaged heart.
  5. 100
    This is a brilliantly structured hall of mirrors that wraps Catholicism and the movie industry into a tasty film noir.
  6. 100
    The result is one of Almodovar's darkest films since the early days of "Law of Desire" and "Matador," and certainly one of his finest.
  7. 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.
  8. 100
    Bad Education, in this light, is Almodovar's "8-1/2" or "Day for Night," a lens through which all of his movies appear as a seamless whole. It's not the story of his actual life but, more excitingly, the deft, witty, bittersweet story of the life of his art.
  9. With Bad Education, the great Almodóvar delivers the finest movie of his career.
  10. It's a film noir that grows more potent as its secrets are revealed.
  11. 90
    Complex and devious beyond easy recounting, Bad Education is about the fallout from the ending of a "pure" love between boys, consecrated in an Almodóvaran temple--a movie theatre.
  12. 90
    Superbly orchestrated, visually impressive.
  13. 90
    It's the director's most complexly ordered film to date - a labyrinth of ids, egos and alter egos waiting around blind corners - and may be the movies' most deliriously inventive narrative spiral since "Adaptation."
  14. With Bad Education, Almodóvar is at his most breathtakingly complex and mature, and at his most pessimistic.
  15. In this cross between film noir and melodrama, there's lust, need, camp and betrayal.
  16. 88
    Almodóvar has never been shy about experimenting with plot structure, but Bad Education is the closest he's ever come to a metamovie, the sort of self-reflective, hall-of-mirrors contraption on which Charlie Kaufman has built his career.
  17. 88
    Pedro Almodovar's new movie is like an ingenious toy that is a joy to behold, until you take it apart to see what makes it work, and then it never works again.
  18. A masterful epic charting love's labyrinths.
  19. 80
    In accounting for Almodóvar's identity as an artist and a man, Bad Education comes together like a bold and far-reaching summation of his career to date.
  20. If you're a fan of professional bad boy and Spanish gender bender Pedro Almodovar, far be it from me to dissuade you from enjoying this elaborate Chinese-box narrative, which boasts an especially resourceful performance by Gael Garcia Bernal.
  21. Spain's most important living filmmaker isn't at his very best in this complicated tale, but it raises still-timely questions well worth pondering.
  22. A big change of pace for the bad-boy Spanish director. Like his other work, it's kinky and proudly gay, but this time it's not a comedy. It's a serious neo-film-noir, and a pretty darn good one at that.
  23. Even when the plots of sexual confusions, transgression and tragedy became absurdly complicated and arbitrary, there was always the mise-en-scène to die for.
  24. 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.
  25. By turns enthralling, seductive and deeply disturbing.
  26. If only Bad Education engaged the heart as much as the head, Almodovar's fractured tale might have risen above its alienating noir conventions.
  27. 63
    Ultimately, Bad Education must be considered to be a minor effort from a major director.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Jun 25, 2016
    8
    I say that a movie is good when it makes me have empathy for a villain at some point of the movie, which was the case of the pedophile priest.I say that a movie is good when it makes me have empathy for a villain at some point of the movie, which was the case of the pedophile priest. It has got some interesting plot twists although, in my opinion, I think some things were revealed too soon, killing any doubts I had about the characters before it hit the climax. Also, my expectations for the ending were too high and that is the main reason I would not give it a 10. Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2015
    10
    Such a wonderful film - the whole thing, from start to finish is well executed, well acted, well directed and well written. Worth every singleSuch a wonderful film - the whole thing, from start to finish is well executed, well acted, well directed and well written. Worth every single minute in front of the screen. Full Review »
  3. Dec 9, 2015
    8
    One of the best work of Pedro Almedor, with themes similar to those of his All About My Mother, he took rather more artistic way to exploreOne of the best work of Pedro Almedor, with themes similar to those of his All About My Mother, he took rather more artistic way to explore the film making by introducing a story with a story. A connection between past and present is the narrative in a fantasized way which is very touching. The bitter taste of the reality in comparison of our memories is very well presented. Pedro never clanged on to his scenes much longer or tried to over dramatized his films which works best for the films length and matches the innocence of younger characters. The scenes in convent are worth praising. Daniel Giménez Cacho's work as a priest dealing with inner demon while in the presence of a child is very beautiful. Rest of the cast were good too.
    Best of the movie would be the twist it came with the final character's introduction and explanation of alternate reality as to the one protagonist was imagining. A way to show the strength of the writer.
    An emotional, convincing and disturbing work of art.
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