Secret Beyond the Door Reviews

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Allen Eyles
Radio Times
February 25, 2013
The result is heavy going and pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 25, 2013
The most successful aspect of the production is the cinematography, which creates a shadowy world of false appearances, hidden meanings, and elusive truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Kemp
Total Film
February 25, 2013
Borrowing a plot from the Bluebeard legend, and chucking in a load of sub-Freudian hokum, Fritz Lang nonetheless makes a class act of this Gothic psycho-thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 25, 2013
Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength.
Jake Hamilton
Empire Magazine
February 25, 2013
Sloppy effort from Lang late in his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
February 25, 2013
Suspicion this is not.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 12, 2012
Secret Beyond the Door ventures into some astounding arenas (even for Lang, who was an expert in paranoia), both of the mind and otherwise.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
April 4, 2011
Mr. Lang is still a director who knows how to turn the obvious, such as locked doors and silent chambers and roving spotlights, into strangely tingling stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
April 4, 2011
[Lang's] direction is masterly, imposing meanings and tensions through images that are spare, resonant and astonishingly beautiful. A remarkable film.
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Variety Staff
Variety
April 4, 2011
Mental complexities of the principals makes it sometimes hard to sort out the various motivations used to spin the tale.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 6, 2010
Poetry of architecture, rejection of Freud
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 13, 2005
Strange, weirdly inventive thriller
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 21, 2003
Even Lang himself thought this was a poor film.
Full Review | Original Score: C -
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