The Secret Garden

1993, Kids & family/Drama, 1h 41m

42 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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The Secret Garden honors its classic source material with a well-acted, beautifully filmed adaptation that doesn't shy from its story's darker themes. Read critic reviews

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Adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic fairy tale, "The Secret Garden." Mary Lennox (Kate Maberly) is an orphan sent to live with her uncle at his mansion that is full of secrets. She discovers a crippled cousin she never knew she had and a neglected garden she is determined to bring back to life.

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  • Feb 15, 2015
    Maggie Smith is in this! It's a charming period piece and is gorgeous to look at. The soundtrack is a bit OTT but it doesn't detract from this powerful adaptation. Still fresh!
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2012
    Production values are pretty good. In terms of the overall storyline, I'm afraid that I have lost some of the magic of youth that allows this to be appreciated.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2012
    Sweet and enchanting tale inside and outside its deeper theme. The Secret Garden brings you to a magical world of secrets and an adventure towards revival of one's soul.
    August S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2011
    Caught this on television late in the morning, saw Deakins's name, and decided to go back to childhood with a viewing. I cannot think of another kids movie that looks like a Bergman/Nykvist collaboration and that's a good thing for Mr. Deakins who lets the kids fable unfold amidst a Victorian, rich, and moody backdrop. The acting from all the youngsters is commendable. The story doesn't get laborious like other movies of its ilk and most importantly 'The Secret Garden' exists somewhere else, outside from what Hollywood wants families to see, outside from the mainstream of the movies starring twelve-year-olds who are already actors/musicians/models/products and only bring an expectance of witless dialogue and a total destruction of the phrase 'family fun' to the movies they star in. What I'm getting at is this movie wouldn't get a green light in todays movie climate and that's a shame.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer

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