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Bad Education (2004)



Critic Consensus: A layered, wonderfully-acted, and passionate drama.

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Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 60's. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through the next few decades, their reunion marking life and death.

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Gael García Bernal
as Angel/Juan/Zahara
Fele Martínez
as Enrique Goded
Daniel Giménez Cacho
as Father Manolo
Lluis Homar
as Mr. Berenguer
Francisco Maestre
as Father Jose
Petra Martínez
as Ignacio's Mother
Nacho Pérez
as Young Ignacio
Ignacio Perez
as Young Ignacio
Raul Garcia Forneiro
as Young Enrique
Alberto Ferreiro
as Enrique Serrano
Roberto Hoyas
as Galicia's Barman
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Critic Reviews for Bad Education

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (51)

The problem with the film is its very staginess -- it never really seems to get out of drag. Between the impersonations of the priesthood, the impersonations of the transvestites and the impersonations of the actors themselves, there is little to choose.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

If Americans are allowed to see this film they may well conclude that the mature Almodóvar is now ready to take his place alongside the great Buñuel.

June 18, 2012 | Full Review…

Like a Chinese box, it has layers under layers, fictions within fictions. A mystery and an intricate triangular love story, it's also a tale about storytelling itself, the uses of art and artifice to make the unbearable bearable.

November 1, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

September 26, 2005
Top Critic

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.

February 27, 2005 | Full Review…

Simple melodrama, a not-that-puzzling puzzle of a film noir.

February 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Bad Education

A drag queen convinces a film director to shoot a film about his childhood molestation by a priest. As I'm exploring Almodovar's oeuvre, I'm seeing similar subjects. There is almost always an element of abnormal sexuality, and the several scenes of homosexual sex check that box. Drag queens? Also check. But these are surface elements. The reason I think I'm not diving into Almodovar is that many of his films try to do so much at once. Bad Education is a love story, a noir, a political statement against the clergy's sexual misconduct, and a melodrama, and I think all the "styles" and subject matters collide. What results is such a hodgepodge that I think people are able to attach themselves to elements of the film while ignoring the whole. Overall, Bad Education is for Almodovar fans, and that's about it.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

An amazing mystery/revenge story. I was totally blown away with the complex nature of the film. Almodovar's style really shines in this, due to the fact that he strayed from his usual upbeat tone and really went with something dark. Gael Garcia Bernal was great and made the movie all the more enjoyable, convincing me that his character was much less horrible than he should've been. I really appreciate the bold choices used, if only more filmmakers were this brave. The director's cut is definitely a step up in terms of what shocking content was meant to be seen, it made me fall in love with it even more.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Murder, mayhem, transvestites and child molesting priests. I wonder where Pedro Almodóvar gets such wild ideas for his stories? Are they autobiographical? Are they plucked from Spanish tabloids? They seem to be coherent presentations of utter chaos. The man is twisted (but brilliant!).

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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