Notes on a Scandal (2006)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Romance


Notes on a Scandal (2006) Poster

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.


7.4/10
72,057

Videos


Photos

  • Cate Blanchett and Andrew Simpson in Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • Philip Glass at an event for Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • Patrick Marber at an event for Notes on a Scandal (2006)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cate Blanchett Through the Years

Take a look back at Cate Blanchett's movie and TV career in photos.

See more photos

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


4 January 2007 | char treuse
10
| Front Row at the Opera
Watching the emotionally intense black comedy, "Notes on a Scandal," you, too, may feel like its main character, Barbara, who reflects in one of her many voice-overs, "The opera has begun and I have a front-row seat." Directed by Richard Eyre ("Iris," "Stage Beauty" and the exceptional TV version of "Suddenly, Last Summer" with Maggie Smith and Natasha Richardson), "Notes" bravely wades into modern-day Grand Guignol as the tension between its two female stars heads inevitably toward a showdown.

Patrick ("Closer") Marber's melodramatic screenplay cleverly makes use of Barbara's voice-overs as she scribbles in her diary and makes jaded, bitter observations about the world around her. Abundant voice-overs usually point toward shortcomings in a drama, but here they provide irony and serve to enhance the dialog.

In her juiciest role since "Mrs Brown," Judi Dench brings an element of sympathy to Barbara, a closeted, self-loathing lesbian school teacher attracted to the new art teacher, Sheba, played by Cate Blanchett. Madly hoping to wrest the heterosexual Sheba from her husband and two children, one of whom has Down Syndrome, Barbara stumbles upon Sheba's sexual dalliance with a 15-year-old student. In a Machiavellian turn, Barbara hopes to manipulate Sheba by maintaining her secret . . . with strings attached. Need I add that all does not go well?

In fact, escalating histrionic fireworks ensue. Blanchett holds her own in this emotional and physical battle royal, capping her incredible year (2006) that also included outstanding performances in "Babel" and "The Good German." As Sheba's husband, Richard, Bill Nighy also comes through with a powerhouse performance. The moody score by Philip Glass is icing on the cake.

At a tidy 92 minutes, "Notes on a Scandal" is highly concentrated and vivid. The recently announced Golden Globe nominations include Dench, Blanchett and Marber, so we can expect Oscar nods as well.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



What to Watch: "The Expanse," '6 Underground,' and More

Here's our breakdown of the best things to stream this week including a long-awaited series return and a brand-new Michael Bay movie blowing up your small screen.

Watch our video

Featured on IMDb

Check out the action from New York Comic Con check out what IMDb editors are watching this month, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com