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Secretary Reviews

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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April 7, 2009
David Ansen
Newsweek
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November 1, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
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November 16, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The cast comes through even when the movie doesn't.

| Original Score: B-

November 4, 2002
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Despite its flaws, Secretary stays in your head and makes you question your own firmly held positions.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 17, 2002
Richard Leiby
Washington Post
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A picture with heart. You shouldn't leave feeling soiled or bruised. Just touched.

October 11, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Self-serious and ultimately pedestrian satire.

October 10, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 2, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I don't know about you, but I found all these outrageously romantic maneuvers both funny and endearing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 2, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Secretary is just too original to be ignored.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It provokes nothing but yawns, and the sex it explores is stuff everybody knows about and says, 'So what?'

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

September 27, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Secretary is a textbook example of a movie that's not for everybody: It's easier to respect it than to enjoy it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Though it was made with careful attention to detail and is well-acted by James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal, I felt disrespected.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C-

September 27, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Both lead performances are earnest in the extreme and that the psychological explanations for what's shown on screen are facile, at best.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

September 27, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A good piece of writing.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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It is truly original in its tone, its choices made and paths taken.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The director, Steven Shainberg, has succeeded by focusing intently on his characters, making them quirky individuals rather than figures of fun.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Depending upon your reaction to this movie, you may never again be able to look at a red felt Sharpie pen without disgust, a thrill, or the giggles.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Secretary manages a neat trick, bundling the flowers of perversity, comedy and romance into a strangely tempting bouquet of a movie.

| Original Score: B+

September 27, 2002

Arizona Republic
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September 27, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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An edgy, cleverly written indie that simply derails shortly before the final stretch.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

September 26, 2002
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If S&M seems like a strange route to true love, maybe it is, but it's to this film's (and its makers') credit that we believe that that's exactly what these two people need to find each other -- and themselves.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The characters in Secretary never feel the least bit human.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

September 26, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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For all its Bunuellian pretensions, Secretary is deeply conventional: Edward and Lee accept their bondage as the way to a more fulfilling life. It's the filmmakers who need to be spanked.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 26, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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I found the movie a bit of a bore.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 26, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is one of those movies that could have gone all wrong, but it hits all the right notes.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 23, 2002
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Disturbing yet engrossing.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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Makes S&M seem very romantic, and Maggie Gyllenhaal is a delight.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2002
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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For all the dolorous trim, Secretary is a genial romance that maintains a surprisingly buoyant tone throughout, notwithstanding some of the writers' sporadic dips into pop Freudianism.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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Against all odds, director Steven Shainberg has managed to craft an oddly compassionate -- and often very funny -- tale of an emotionally symbiotic affair.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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A liberating, kindhearted picture, one whose ending brings with it the feeling that something has finally been shaken free.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 20, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The movie isn't painfully bad, something to be 'fully experienced'; it's just tediously bad, something to be fully forgotten.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 20, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A small groundbreaking comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 20, 2002
Graham Robinson
L.A. Weekly
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Offers something few films even attempt: an honest depiction of the role sex plays in everyday life as a source of empowerment and healing.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 19, 2002

Entertainment Weekly
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Sadomasochism is treated as a joke in Secretary, but the fun of the movie is that it's also much more than a joke.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 19, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The movie enters a realm where few non-porn films venture, and comes across as darkly funny, energetic, and surprisingly gentle.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Mary Gaitskill's infamous short story comes to the screen as a film of startling humor and feeling.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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What keeps the movie going is the riotously funny and supremely self-controlled performance by Gyllenhaal.

April 8, 2002
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