In Secret Reviews

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May 18, 2014
Notable largely for the anguished, nuanced performance of Jessica Lange ...
May 16, 2014
The problem is that audiences are likely to become as fed up with the murderous lovers (Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen) as they become with each other.
May 15, 2014
Olson and Isaac are hot but what have you done to the story, Stratton?
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.
May 15, 2014
The movie-settish interiors and street exteriors are all painted grunge green or grunge grey: a one-coat Expressionism bordering on one-brush, broad-stroke miserablism.
May 15, 2014
A tonally indecisive film, which keeps changing its mind about major issues of remorse and ongoing motivation.
May 11, 2014
Sensitive performances from a willing cast bring Zola's novel to life on the big screen.
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
Like any adaptation, the film glosses over some of the finer details of the novel, but it preserves the author's moral ambiguity towards his characters.
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.
February 21, 2014
Despite its able cast and handsome period costumes, In Secret is, in fact, quite awful.
February 21, 2014
An effective period piece thriller that incorporates love, lust, desperation, and madness into a stew thickened by a gothic atmosphere.
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 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.
February 20, 2014
[A] wicked, The Postman Always Rings Twice-style riff on the 19th-century bodice ripper Thrse Raquin.
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.
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