... what might have been just a two-hour episode of Law and Order: Argentina is instead a rich, literary tapestry. ... I wish this could become a franchise.
| Original Score: B+
This complex and involving Argentinean crime drama, with strong moral overtones, won the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
There are some "Are we there yet?" stretches as the film plays out toward the unexpected ending, but the final destination is worth the total travel time.
The story's political subtext ... provides a constant undertow of fear and menace to the hero's investigation.
The Secret in Their Eyes ... is an enjoyable procedural in its own right. Campanella's film is the Argentine equivalent of Gone Baby Gone, with a touch of Atonement thrown in for good measure.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It's a handsome production with a story rooted in the nasty past of political fascism, which may explain why it won, because it sure isn't subtle or dramatically challenging.
Tightly structured, visually conscious, well-acted mystery and love story.
| Original Score: 8/10
A superior procedural.
| Original Score: 4/5
Darín's central performance is a consummate lesson in minimalist acting, deftly bypassing the tropes of the clichéd romantic lead and the crusading good guy.
[A] tame effort that dazzles with high production values rather than genuine artistic achievement.
| Original Score: 3/5
A supremely watchable, well-made and well-acted movie with a dark, sinewy sense of history...
Writer-director Juan Jose Campanella is a master of camerawork and editing. He is also wonderful with actors. There isn't a false performance here.
A stylish and intelligent Argentine offering -- destined to become a world cinema classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Humane and harrowing, highly recommended. This one will stay with you.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's a film of enormous pretension and not enough reward.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's the kind of film that creeps up on you and sinks in long afterwards.
The film rattles along like a well-crafted Hollywood noir, circa 1945.
It's a gripping tale -- although there's not much to it beyond the intriguing plot -- and the ending's just as smart as you'd hope.
Underneath the glossy surface, Juan José Campanella's film is a rather silly and flabby thriller.
It's already won awards, and received rave reviews, so it's no secret; El Secreto de sus Ojos is one of the best thrillers released for years.