Un Secret (A Secret) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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March 6, 2009
The title of this movie suggests the difficulty in writing about it. You can't reveal a secret without spoiling it, and in this intriguing, complex family drama spread out over several time frames covering half a century, the secrets keep on coming
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 19, 2008
A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2008
A Secret is a showcase for great acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 18, 2008
Suitably tense, sad, and deeply poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
October 18, 2008
A fine drama that stands as Gallic vet Claude Miller's best in at least a decade.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 18, 2008
The soapy climax is unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
The acting is exceptional. If parts of A Secret veer toward soap opera, the ensemble work reduces the suds to a minimum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
A harrowing and wrenching coming-of-age story in which François wrestles with the question of identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 3, 2008
Miller, a skilled veteran, reverses the old visual pattern for films with lengthy flashbacks: he shoots the past in color and the (evolving) present in black and white.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
The secret uncovered by an adolescent in 1950s Paris is strikingly specific, yet echoes with the history of millions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2008
Claude Miller's World War II domestic drama is unusually attentive to the way that the Holocaust disrupted lives that were messy enough to begin with.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
September 10, 2008
Claude Miller's ravishingly shot drama gives up its titular mystery early, but there's plenty of cinematic intrigue well after what's covert in this complicated family story becomes overt.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 8, 2008
What is most impressive about A Secret is the way Mr. Miller artfully and gently gestures toward such enormous themes without spelling them out.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 5, 2008
If identity is at the soul of A Secret, a tragic romance is its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2008
Beautifully acted and exquisitely photographed, director Claude Miller's superb drama, from Philippe Grimbert's autobiographical novel, is awash with the ripples created by unlived lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 5, 2008
A clanking, old-fashioned period drama infused with almost unbearable grief, Claude Miller's film A Secret has an enormous significance in France that it can never possess elsewhere.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 3, 2008
Transcends the perhaps perceived banality of still another film about the Holocaust with a marvelously nuanced narrative floating through time with memorable characters who never beg for our pity.