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The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 12, 2010
It's a film of enormous pretension and not enough reward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 2, 2010
Romantic obsession at its two extremes is explored with sympathy and intelligence in the thriller The Secret in Their Eyes...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 21, 2010
Although it has some memorably disquieting scenes, this story of long-delayed justice is sustained by its melancholy more than its thrills.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 21, 2010
Campanella approaches the material with a classic hand -- no quick cuts, special effects or gimmicks here. This is a flesh-and-blood movie, and both Darin and Villamil bring earthy presence to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 7, 2010
The entire film is stocked with images that reflect a character and story in flux.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 6, 2010
Though the story occasionally seems a little too convenient to be true, it doesn't matter a whit, as the filmmaking is so skilled.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 29, 2010
Expertly written, played and directed, it's the best romantic mystery since L.A. Confidential.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 29, 2010
Engages with style, suspense, and seriousness of intent. Criminal intent and otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 23, 2010
A bit too symbolic for its own good
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 23, 2010
The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 23, 2010
The performances are what frequently hold the film together when it seems at loose ends, namely from stars Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil and Guillermo Francella.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 23, 2010
Exalted and frustrating, graceful in its filmmaking and clumsy in its storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
April 23, 2010
Its real beauty is in letting you take from it whatever you want. Should you choose to peel back the layers, you will discover rich lessons about love, loneliness, fear and redemption.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2010
You never quite know where it's going, yet its mixture of tones and colors and melodrama and mature, mellow romance is irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 22, 2010
Sometimes I watch a film unspool like a tape measure, and I can sense how far we are from the end. Sometimes my imagination is led to live right along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
April 19, 2010
It's a real feast.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 16, 2010
It's a cracking good murder mystery that, by the time the final twist kicks in, transforms into an moving meditation on memory and justice.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 16, 2010
An attractive, messy drama riddled with violence and edged with comedy that comes with a hint of Grand Guignol, a suggestion of politics and three resonant, deeply appealing performances.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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April 16, 2010
Leaping around in time, Campanella uses the aftermath of [a] sadistic murder case to expose not just law-enforcement shortcomings but fault lines in Argentine society.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 16, 2010
An absorbing story of the unlikely intersection of an unrequited love affair and an unresolved crime, this taut thriller features some bravura cinematic moments and memorable performances from an exceptionally attractive cast of players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 16, 2010
A nearly perfect love story/murder mystery that unfortunately falters at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 16, 2010
This spellbinder from Argentina will sneak up and floor you. It's that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 16, 2010
The Secret in Their Eyes is, ostensibly, a murder mystery -- but that part of the story is the least interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 15, 2010
This beautiful film, directed with subtlety and grace by Juan Josť Campanella, really is about moving from fear to love.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2010
Like the murder at the heart of this tale, Secret is bound to linger in the memory for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 15, 2010
The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 15, 2010
Though unimpeachably intelligent and sophisticated, the film nonetheless has no grit under its fingernails: Here's a story about a crime of passion, unrequited love, and political upheaval, yet Campanella keeps it all at arm's length.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 14, 2010
The performances are tender, the script elegant, the cinematography (especially during a virtuoso chase scene in a soccer stadium) artful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
April 14, 2010
Say what you will, but the lead actors in Argentine director Juan Josť Campanella's latest film do have lovely (or at least handsomely shot) peepers. But the secrets you ultimately find therein are hilarious.
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 12, 2010
From scene to scene, the movie has an enormously vital swing to it.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 18, 2010
Although it is structured like a thriller...The Secret in Their Eyes is really a cautionary tale about the consequences of a life of too much apprehension and propriety.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 3, 2010
A deeply rewarding throwback to the unself-conscious days when cinema still strove to be magical.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
March 3, 2010
An exciting thriller from Argentina capable of crossing borders.