User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 88
  2. Negative: 5 out of 88

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  1. Feb 1, 2013
    9
    For starters, Cate and Judi are about as flawless as actors could be. So thrilling to see what would happen next. The movie doesn't waste time and just gets to all the awkward freaky moments. The score helped move the movie along seamlessly.
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    9
    Flawless and tense; 'Notes on a Scandal' is a perfect blend of drama and thriller with immense performances from both Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett.
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    8
    This is a great psychological thriller, it doesn't try hard. Powerhouse performances from Dame Dench and Blanchett, and nice work from the supporting cast. You don't what's going to happen next, that's what makes this film great
  4. May 11, 2014
    9
    This was a very under appreciated film. I think it's the gold standard of an edge-of-the-seat drama thriller. The tension that builds up is tremendous. It's a no rubbish film. The performances are stellar. Cate Blanchett is very engaging, Judi Dench is bloody magnificent.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    A wicked delight. Adapted by playwright Patrick Marber from Zoe Heller's acclaimed novel, it's at once a comedy of cluelessness and class, a melodrama of two women in the grips of wildly inappropriate obsessions, and a "Fatal Attraction"-style thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    63
    If the resultant wreckage is a little underwhelming, and the film's coda useless and trite, the getting there is pretty absorbing.
  3. 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 and theme, the film has all the hallmarks of playwright-screenwriter Marber's stark, uncompromising misanthropy, if not misogyny.