The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't lack for ambition, but The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails to back up its grand designs with enough substance to anchor the spectacle.

Movie Info

Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (c) Fox

Rating: PG (for some crude comments, language and action violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Conrad, Steven Conrad
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 15, 2014
Box Office: $58.2M
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as Cheryl Melhoff

as Todd Maher

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as Ted Hendricks

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as Walter's Dad

as Rich Melhoff

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as Skateboard Kid #1

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as Hotel Keeper

as Phil Melhoff

as Himself

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as Cab Driver

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as Afghan Warlord

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as Piano Wholesaler

as Board Meeting Guy

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Critic Reviews for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (39)

This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Top Critic

While the original Mitty was a heartbreakingly sad figure, this Mitty is a weak parable for living life to the fullest (or something like that.)

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Under the Radar

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty provides fun and laughs, but also meaningful thoughts on life and how we choose to live it, along with a touching lead performance you'll want to root for.

Full Review… | August 4, 2014

Steve Conrad's script is a jumbled farce, misfiring on comedic executions and inserting beats that have no real relevance to the story.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one charming film to see, and there's nothing wrong with a feel-good movie that makes you feel good about liking it.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
7M Pictures

Ignore the liberties the film takes with the original (something the 1947 Danny Kaye movie also did, much to Thurber's annoyance), and this version proves to be a briskly entertaining, glossily photographed, globe-trotting romp,

Full Review… | April 27, 2014
Movie Talk

Audience Reviews for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty


A very pleasant movie that finds a nice balance between sincere drama and unexpected humor, even though it seems to have "for the masses" written all over it, with subtle moments coexisting in the same story with more obvious ones, which ends up diluting a bit the result.

Carlos Magalhćes

Super Reviewer

Walter-ish stuff!! More or less watchable. More than less avoidable.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Enjoyable drama comedy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a well crafted film, that I felt was well acted and paced and Ben Stiller was terrific here, and he also directs. Although the film is a bit slow, the tone and story is quite good, and I was surprised at how good the film is. Ben Stiller does some fine work here, and he is more than able to craft something a bit more dramatic in tone than his previous works such as Tropic Thunder and Zoolander. The film is entertaining for what it is, and it's a film that really shows off Stiller's directorial talents. With that being said, I'm an anxious to see what he'll make next, as the film is engaging, well acted and directed. The film does have a few weaker moments that could have been improved upon, but for the most part, it's a film that is well worth your time if you're looking for an effective drama. What I enjoyed the most about the film was of course, Ben Stiller's performance, and I thought he handled the dramatic element perfectly, and he shows off his range as an actor, as he opts for a more serious affair than his usual output. I really enjoy Ben Stiller, loved most of his comedies, and it's always refreshing to me to see a comedic actor attempt something more serious, and it's always a treat when a genre actor like Ben Stiller who is more famous for comedies step out of his comfort zone, and attempt something quite different than what we are used to. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is not a great movie, but it's still an accomplished drama for what it does, and with an actor like Stiller acting and directing, we get something quite good and unique as well.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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