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In Secret (2013)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 36

Although it benefits from a strong cast, In Secret's stars can't totally compensate for the movie's sodden pacing and overly familiar story.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 14

Although it benefits from a strong cast, In Secret's stars can't totally compensate for the movie's sodden pacing and overly familiar story.



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Based on Émile Zola's scandalous novel, Thérèse Raquin, IN SECRET is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen of "Martha Marcy May Marlene"), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton of the "Harry Potter" franchise), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the


Mystery & Suspense, Drama


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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (36)

It's most remarkable as a pairing of two inspired actresses with four decades separating them: 25-year-old Elizabeth Olsen, the bewitching star of Martha Marcy May Marlene, and 64-year-old Jessica Lange.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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For those who want sweeping, "In Secret" offers all the essentials - unbridled passion, deceit, fate so unkind, a classically creepy mother and grand tragedy.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Despite its able cast and handsome period costumes, In Secret is, in fact, quite awful.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An effective period piece thriller that incorporates love, lust, desperation, and madness into a stew thickened by a gothic atmosphere.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Olsen and Isaac never really create the kind of amour fou that a story like this depends on, let alone the self-loathing guilt that their crime is supposed to engender.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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[A] wicked, The Postman Always Rings Twice-style riff on the 19th-century bodice ripper Thérèse Raquin.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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A leaden adaptation of Zola's 19th century story of guilt and betrayal

March 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

It's visually striking but never subtle about its melodramatic intentions, offering a formulaic story of betrayal and revenge with shallow characters that generally lack emotional and moral complexity.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source:

Passionate period drama deals with infidelity, murder.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Spellbinding, intelligent and suspenseful. Jessica Lange, one of the greatest actresses of our time, delivers a mesmerizing, magnificent performance.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

'Love Means Breaking All the Rules' is the misleading slogan on one promotional graphic. In this case, the hijinks defined as 'breaking all the rules' include adultery, murder and the excess drinking of absinthe

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Not romantic enough, not nearly sexy enough, and not thrilling enough to be considered a thriller, In Secret is easy on the eyes but does little for the heart.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix

What is meant to be a shocking mash up of passion, murder and longing is transformed into a heavy dose of Sominex.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

It's slow moving and can even be characterized as boring in parts, but it did keep my interest enough to finish it.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Give Stratton and his cast points for effort, but sadly, In Secret lacks the passion to haunt us as much as the main character remains haunted by her own fears and desires.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This is a lush, rich film, and not a bad beginning for first-time director Stratton.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

"In Secret" is a suspenseful drama that ever-so-gradually sneaks up on you.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The cast is excellent, but the film is often off-putting, like a window onto a staged version of the novel.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

At one point during the film, Camille says, "Is there anything as depressingly calm as a Sunday afternoon?" In Secret is the cinematic equivalent of a Sunday afternoon.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source:

Like any adaptation, the film glosses over some of the finer details of the novel, but it preserves the author's moral ambiguity towards his characters.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

The film's principal characters descend into the nightmare made real that compelling storytellers Stratton and Zola build around them.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

"In Secret" doesn't judge its characters' behavior. What it does, instead, is show the bad choices they make and the terrible ramifications of those choices.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A stylish, nervy film, one that captures the manners and mores of its 19th-century setting while making the emotions it deals with utterly contemporary.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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