Secretary Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 23, 2010

"Secretary" recalibrates the capabilities of meaningful romantic comedy - a "Pygmalion" variation that's stealthily tender, witty but never broad and scintillatingly erotic to the point of palpitations. Gyllenhaal and Spader give career-best work.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
June 25, 2010

Steven Shainberg maintains a level of erotic suspense and anticipation that his terribly empathetic characters fulfill with pleasantly surprising acts of physical expression.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
December 3, 2006

This S&M satire teeters on the verge of sleaze and exploitation but never descends into those domains due to Maggie Gyllenhaal's exquisite performance in a tricky role.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Jardine
April 22, 2006

A twisted and very funny rethinking of the romantic comedy genre. Great performances by Spader and Gyllenhaal.

Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
October 25, 2005

A comedy? A wake up call? I'm not sure.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
June 25, 2005

Perhaps there is something bold about saying pain can bring healing as long as it's applied by the right hand, but that seems obvious and normal thanks to... Gyllenhaal.

March 8, 2004

A great feature film with enough laughs, weirdness, fine performances and filmmaking flair to earn it a place on most critics' top ten of the year lists.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 1, 2004

A grande proeza do filme é mostrar que, para os personagens de Gyllenhaal e Spader, seus desvios de personalidade não são defeitos, mas um caminho diferente para a felicidade.

| Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 16, 2003

It has an integrity to the kinkiness of its theme that doesn't shake loose but you'll get more out of it if you bring your analyst along with you.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
June 8, 2003

Secretary might be too hot to handle for prudes and fuddy-duddies. But then again, it's the kind of film they might enjoy the most.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 20, 2003

Playfully subversive and oddly life-affirming.

Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
April 22, 2003

A sly female empowerment movie, although not in a way anyone would expect.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
March 14, 2003

Silliness pervades the movie, even in small details.

David Keyes
January 10, 2003

Secretary operates on a level devoid of any plausibility or satisfaction. It's cold, overly-calculated, tasteless and meaningless in nearly every way possible.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2003

Provocative, funny and one of the more offbeat love stories you're ever going to see.

Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 31, 2002

Contradicts everything we've come to expect from movies nowadays. Instead of simply handling conventional material in a conventional way, Secretary takes the most unexpected material and handles it in the most unexpected way.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
December 27, 2002

If there's a joke here, it's on anybody who's too uptight to groove on the whatever-gets-you-through-the-night love story Secretary envisions.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 22, 2002

Sure, its artistic porn, but porn, nonetheless.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Joshua Tyler
December 19, 2002

Anybody remember Shannon Tweed?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karina Montgomery
December 9, 2002

It's an interesting exploration of people finding and accepting themselves and then finding the puzzle piece that fits this new shape.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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