Secret in Their Eyes Reviews

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October 10, 2017
Unwieldy as the story eventually turns out to be, it's engrossing as it goes along to a climax that you probably won't be expecting.
February 28, 2016
Chiwetel Ejiofor's new movie is a mess. Even the title - why are there more eyes than secrets? - induces brain ache.
February 26, 2016
Two great performances squandered in a silly misfire.
February 25, 2016
This is a lethargic A-list remake of an ingenious Oscar-winning Argentine thriller from 2009 called The Secret in Their Eyes. I'm not sure why they dropped the definite article.
February 25, 2016
The remake, adapted and directed by veteran Hollywood screenwriter Billy Ray, messes with and messes up the central romance and changes the triangular dynamic.
December 3, 2015
An English-language remake of Juan Jos Campanella's far superior Argentinian thriller.
November 24, 2015
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.
November 20, 2015
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.
November 20, 2015
A dream-team cast is wasted in this contrived and morose crime thriller.
November 20, 2015
Essentially a grim procedural with too many moments of untapped potential and a moderately shocking twist.
November 20, 2015
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
It's a story about moral ambiguity and living in the past, but it packs a weak emotional punch despite the well-wrought efforts of an all-star cast.
November 20, 2015
The romance feels a bit like filler, but the twists are heady. And Roberts, bearing no hint of youth or glamour, brings a stark power to her supporting role that resembles nothing she's done before.
November 20, 2015
With every improvement, some magic is lost. In "Secret in Their Eyes," we get a story that has been improved almost to the point of nonexistence.
November 19, 2015
It's ironic that Campanella's movie was a sly mix of tones - office romance, conspiracy thriller, brooding murder mystery - befitting someone breaking free of directing "Law & Order" episodes, whereas the remake hits marks exactly like a TV procedural.
November 19, 2015
Sad to say: There is far more crackle in an average episode of "Law & Order."
November 19, 2015
Not such a good idea remaking the 2009 Argentine thriller that won the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. The Americanized version is miscast, misguided and misbegotten.
Top Critic
November 19, 2015
For all the film's intelligence and conceptual rigor, it barely flutters to life.
November 19, 2015
Secret in Their Eyes is notable for its top-tier cast - Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are the leads - and for its utter lack of credulity and good sense.
November 19, 2015
It's no secret where the movie goes wrong.
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