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In Secret Reviews

May 15, 2014
Olson and Isaac are hot but what have you done to the story, Stratton?
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2014
The poison slips down easily enough, but it's diet cola when set against 2009's Korean vampire movie Thirst, still this book's most potent screen translation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 21, 2014
It's most remarkable as a pairing of two inspired actresses with four decades separating them: 25-year-old Elizabeth Olsen, the bewitching star of Martha Marcy May Marlene, and 64-year-old Jessica Lange.
February 21, 2014
For those who want sweeping, "In Secret" offers all the essentials - unbridled passion, deceit, fate so unkind, a classically creepy mother and grand tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 21, 2014
Despite its able cast and handsome period costumes, In Secret is, in fact, quite awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 21, 2014
An effective period piece thriller that incorporates love, lust, desperation, and madness into a stew thickened by a gothic atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 21, 2014
Olsen and Isaac never really create the kind of amour fou that a story like this depends on, let alone the self-loathing guilt that their crime is supposed to engender.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2014
Isaac is better in his early scenes as a seducer, Olsen is better in her bitter, angry later scenes, but they synch up by the film's over-the-top last moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
[A] wicked, The Postman Always Rings Twice-style riff on the 19th-century bodice ripper Thérèse Raquin.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 20, 2014
Without Zola's churning narrative and analytical bite, the movie plays like an animatronic museum piece.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 20, 2014
Olsen widens her eyes and parts her lips prettily, but she's a wan, recessive presence and an increasingly problematic one as Therese and Laurent are engulfed by mud and blood.
February 20, 2014
Though it's always a pleasure seeing Lange being theatrically anguished (you expect the skies to part with thunder), or Olsen's doleful beauty, "In Secret" never quite rings true.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
February 20, 2014
Rather than revealing the brutish natures of Zola's characters, the movie's lovers seem simply to be following a yellowed script, more with duty than passion.
February 20, 2014
A film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title.
February 20, 2014
Though the more lurid aspects of Zola's story scandalized readers in his day, they will be well familiar to anyone who has studied Hollywood's pulpy black-and-white thrillers of the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 20, 2014
Whatever possessed the people who made this film to believe its ponderous style would appeal to contemporary audiences?
February 20, 2014
Deviants pay a steep price in this tale of repression, desire, recrimination, vengeance, and remorse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
As cinema it is simply inept, with a talented cast rendered ugly and stiff as they speak in inexplicable British accents.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 20, 2014
Isaac's sly delineation of the charismatic Laurent provides the through-line. Olsen is pretty good, too ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 20, 2014
Olsen makes good use of her delicate looks by playing against them, and so some of the best moments of "In Secret" come when the mask of propriety drops and Therese, dead-eyed and fierce, reveals what lurks beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2014
The striking cinematography and rich production design, evoking the lower strata of 1860s Paris, are not enough to mitigate the fact that a suspenseful saga grows tedious and even occasionally ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 20, 2014
A surprisingly dull adultery drama that covers standard ground (loveless marriage; repression; transgression and guilt) without much flair or insight.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 20, 2014
The acting is good, the story of doomed lovers suitably tragic. But the film is never quite moving in the way one would hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 19, 2014
"In Secret" is likely to remain safe from prying eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
February 19, 2014
The generic title In Secret is as uninspired as the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 19, 2014
Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaacs, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange offer compelling performances in a provocative remake that's stirring until its withered end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2014
In Secret boasts vigor and thematic richness, that feeling of artists expressing something vital rather than just banging out that year's script from the drawer.
February 18, 2014
A dispassionate adaptation of Émile Zola's novel that shocked audiences in 1867 with its tale of lust and murder, but now that its let's-kill-my-husband plot has been redone in countless noir films, what was once fresh now plays very stale indeed.
February 18, 2014
It's a moralistic story, one that doesn't quite suit the modern exuberance of Charlie Stratton's cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5