You know you have a good movie, when you forget you're watching actors. Even better because it didn't disappoint until it finished. Judy Dench and Cate Blanchett sure was quite the explosive combination. What amazing performances! I like how the characters aren't exactly what you thought they would be. It steered clear from all the clichés thanks to a good story development and great acting.
Notes on a Scandal is unflinching and exhilarating. Few films can keep your attention the way this does. The film delivers on all cylinders from cinematography, writing, and performances. Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett are sublime. It gets under your skin and stays there.
Notes on a Scandal is an ordinary film---its story presented logically, with English tension & classical tone. That's why I'm so fond of it. It's a character movie made by people making excellent choices---choices that add up to a very pleasing movie watching experience (a total engrossment into the narrative). It's melodramatic and so damned British. An inconsequential, straight-forward, but nonetheless good film.