In Secret Reviews

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February 24, 2014
'Love Means Breaking All the Rules' is the misleading slogan on one promotional graphic. In this case, the hijinks defined as 'breaking all the rules' include adultery, murder and the excess drinking of absinthe
February 24, 2014
Not romantic enough, not nearly sexy enough, and not thrilling enough to be considered a thriller, In Secret is easy on the eyes but does little for the heart.
February 21, 2014
What is meant to be a shocking mash up of passion, murder and longing is transformed into a heavy dose of Sominex.
February 21, 2014
Give Stratton and his cast points for effort, but sadly, In Secret lacks the passion to haunt us as much as the main character remains haunted by her own fears and desires.
February 21, 2014
Despite its able cast and handsome period costumes, In Secret is, in fact, quite awful.
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.
February 20, 2014
Indeed, the darknesses pile up on one another with such an alarming rate (Murders! Strokes! Secrets!), the tone of the entire film shifts from one of illicit sexual naughtiness to downright death-obsessed Gothic melodrama.
February 20, 2014
Since In Secret is based on a literary classic, it's hard to accuse the movie of feeling predictable, but there's truly nothing surprising in the robotic way Stratton approaches the material.
February 20, 2014
Too conservative to rouse us, too timid to shock us, and too condensed to be anything but Therese Raquin in name.
February 20, 2014
Without Zola's churning narrative and analytical bite, the movie plays like an animatronic museum piece.
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.
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.
February 20, 2014
Whatever possessed the people who made this film to believe its ponderous style would appeal to contemporary audiences?
February 20, 2014
In Secret probes these troubled minds from an arm's-length remove.
February 20, 2014
A respectable, though hardly entrancing, adaptation of Zola's once-notorious novel, though there's a whiff of minor Masterpiece Theatre about it.
February 20, 2014
Though it sounds like a contradiction, the film could be described as both dull and over the top.
February 20, 2014
... the gang of family friends that often visits enable some light to break through the darkness. Not enough though.
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