Anybody remember Shannon Tweed?
| Original Score: 2/5
Secretary is a love story in very much the same way that Schindler's List is a comedy.
A fairy tale romance wrapped within the fantasia of sadomasochistic games, Steven Shainberg's Secretary takes devious routes only to arrive at an old-fashioned finale.
| Original Score: C-
...it wasn't the subject matter that ultimately defeated the film...It was the unfulfilling, incongruous, "wait a second, did I miss something?" ending.
| Original Score: 2/4
The film was cute and well-acted and tastefully directed and its humor well-placed, but it went nowhere with its muted story.
| Original Score: C
Even as the stakes are raised in Secretary's sexual give and take, the movie retains its detached, private mood.
I found the movie a bit of a bore.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It provokes nothing but yawns, and the sex it explores is stuff everybody knows about and says, 'So what?'
| Original Score: 1/4
Self-serious and ultimately pedestrian satire.
An edgy, cleverly written indie that simply derails shortly before the final stretch.
| Original Score: C+
Secretary [is] about as compelling as a Corn Flakes commercial.
Secretary operates on a level devoid of any plausibility or satisfaction. It's cold, overly-calculated, tasteless and meaningless in nearly every way possible.
A movie about kinks shouldn't be this ponderous or slow.
The film treats the subject of S&M with a kind of confused interest worthy of Madonna.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The one thing that's consistently involving in Secretary is Maggie Gyllenhaal as the secretary.
Ughhh! Can we please give the 50's a rest?
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Secretary is a piffle. I didn't hate it. And I wouldn't have been upset if the film had broken and the last 30 minutes were forever lost to me.
The screenplay ... oversimplifies aspects of Lee and Mr. Grey's relationship while unnecessarily complicating others.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's a movie for guys who secretly want to spank their secretaries into submission and for women who wish their guys would treat them nastier.