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Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Secret in Their Eyes wastes its incredible cast on a remake that fails to improve upon -- or even make a compelling case for its own existence in addition to -- the remarkable original.

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A tight-knit team of rising investigators - Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with their supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) - is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess's teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he's certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.
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PG-13 (for thematic material involving disturbing violent content, language and some sexual references)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Nicole Kidman
as Claire
Dean Norris
as Bumpy
Alfred Molina
as Martin Morales
Michael Kelly
as Siefert
Zoe Graham
as Carolyn
Don Harvey
as Fierro
Joe Cole
as Marzin / Beckwith
Frankie Sims
as Bettor
Benjamin Waters
as LAPD Detective
Greg Duncan
as Baseball Player
Toni French
as Dodger Baseball Fan
John Papsidera
as Dodger Player Mastery
Amir Malaklou
as Aban Ghazala
Phillip O'Riley
as Hallway Baseball Fan
Walter Tabayoyong
as Photographer
Alessandro Cuomo
as Police Officer
Glenn Davis
as Stadium Cop
Bryan Williams
as Horse Race Attendee
Jahmilla Jackson
as Horse Race Attendee
Mark Famiglietti
as Duty Sergeant Jacobs
John Pirruccello
as Duct Tape Salesman
Ho-Sung Pak
as Peanut Vender (Stunt)
Laurence Todd Rosenthal
as Popcorn Guy (Stunt)
David Pearl
as Lawyer
Niko Nicotera
as Hammer/Chop Shop Thug
Israel Feres David
as Angry Dodger Fan
Dennis Keifer
as Chop Shop Thug #2
Erik M. Solky
as Panicked Man
Michael Tennant
as Arriving Cop
Noel Gugliemi
as Garbed-Out Fan
Ho Sung Pak
as Peanut Vender (Stunt)
Carrick O'Quinn
as Protective Detail #1 (Stunt)
C.C. Taylor
as Protective Detail (Stunts)
Erik Solky
as Panicked Man
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Critic Reviews for Secret in Their Eyes

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (27)

An English-language remake of Juan José Campanella's far superior Argentinian thriller.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

Can we believe that police officers would let a psychopathic rapist and murderer go free in the name of fighting homegrown terrorism? As an allegory for human-rights abuses during the War on Terror, it's a non-starter.

Full Review… | November 24, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

It's Julia Roberts who owns the movie. As the grieving Jess, a woman reduced to a shadow by the death of her daughter, Roberts is a revelation here.

Full Review… | November 20, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

A dream-team cast is wasted in this contrived and morose crime thriller.

Full Review… | November 20, 2015
Newsday
Top Critic

Essentially a grim procedural with too many moments of untapped potential and a moderately shocking twist.

Full Review… | November 20, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

What DOESN'T get lost in translation is what made "El Secreto De Sus Ojos" so effective: the visceral, devastating empathy we feel when a horrible injustice is committed and it ruins multiple lives.

November 20, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Secret in Their Eyes

Secret In Their Eyes is a dark and disturbing psychological thriller. The story follows a former FBI agent who, after 13 year, has tracked down the killer of his best friend's daughter and seeks to finally bring him to justice. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts, the performances are quite good. And the script is well-written, doing an impressive job at building the investigation and paralleling the present and past storylines. However, the killer is underdeveloped; as he's more of a passive character, with the focus being on the investigators. And the ending is a bit of challenge, delving into some uncomfortable morally gray areas. Extremely provocative, Secret In Their Eyes is an enthralling crime drama.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

Intrigue and melodrama abound with the Secret in Their Eyes, a film that is told earnestly through flashbacks and present day-all centering on the inexplicable abduction and murder of a Terrorism Task Force Agent's daughter. It's a film that relies heavily on dialogue, which was good, and high stakes drama when suspects are determined then let go for political reasons. The film is thus a vehicle for many things-politics and the war on terror, revenge, and grief. It has a terrific ensemble cast that all interact well with each-other. It's a film that is good, yet never quite as good as it thinks it is. It gets too clever with its plot mechanisms-often losing the sight of the logistics of the crime to where the audience becomes confounded by the motives, even if we're still interested in the "who done it" aspect of the film. The acting can also be over-the-top, and there are many parts where the film seems to be trying too hard. That said, it is very atmospheric, and represents a sort of old school noir that is hard not to get hooked by. 3.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Although it's a bit slowly paced, the story is exciting, tense and inventive. I did not see the ending coming at me. However, that is partly because the story was quite hard to follow. The story is presented both in the present and 13 years prior. The problem is that it's nearly impossible to tell what is happening now, and what happened 13 years ago. Sure, there a little hints (one character limps now; Ejiofor has a few specks of gray in his hair, though not many), but unless you're constantly doing a detail check, you can easily miss that you have shifted back or forward in time. It's really quite perplexing. In the end, I just gave up and decided if something seemed out of place, then I must have been watching a different timeline 10 minutes ago. The performances were all strong and nuanced -- likely the best I've seen from Kidman. But even the best performances did not make the timeline easy to follow.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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