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Secret Things Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 1, 2004
Imagine Emmanuelle remade on a shoestring budget or Eyes Wide Shut staged by a community theater group.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 14, 2004
A lot of sexy stuff wrapped in an obvious morality tale with some philosophical hooey and clunky symbols thrown in to justify the cheap, but undeniable, thrills.
| Original Score: C+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
May 14, 2004
While some might mistake it as a bitter view of sexual politics and empowerment, it's also pretty crass filmmaking.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 3, 2004
... a sexy movie.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 30, 2004
The film is well made, well acted, cleverly written, photographed by Wilfrid Sempe as if he's a conspirer with the sexual schemers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
April 29, 2004
Either a highly erotic art film trading in sex, power and morality, or a trashy porno pretending to be deep. After watching two hours of hot young French women having sex with men, each other and themselves, I have to go with the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 9, 2004
There comes a moment in all truly terrible movies when you sense that you couldn't possibly be co-existing on the same planet as the filmmakers.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 19, 2004
Deteriorates into a silly farce that lands somewhere between Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and Guccione's Caligula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 16, 2004
You couldn't nail a particular kind of modern French film better if you tried: explicit sex, bad behavior, and shrieking pretention all in one lumpy shock-the-bourgeoisie package.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 26, 2004
[The movie] collapses under the weight of its own artsiness.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 26, 2004
A sweetly seductive entertainment.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 20, 2004
An artistically ambitious exercise that enables audiences to be simultaneously teased erotically and intellectually.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 20, 2004
Second-rate soft-core porn with art-house pretentions.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
February 19, 2004
Jean-Claude Brisseau's French film is a frequently overheated, often delirious fantasy about two Parisiennes in their early 20's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 19, 2004
For those who like their erotic melodramas frosty and lavish, Secret Things is as elaborately whipped up as such treats ever get.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 18, 2004
Brisseau effortlessly stages the sort of ooh-la-la orgy that so clearly eluded Stanley Kubrick in Eyes Wide Shut.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2004
It plays rather like a humorless version of Barbara Stanwyck's tongue-in-cheek classic, Baby Face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
For its first half, Secret Things is a tolerably silly lark ... Yet as Christophe's role expands -- and the soundtrack's classical flourishes become more strident -- the film's plausibility plummets.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 30, 2004
Gets more operatically farcical (most of it unintentionally so) by the minute.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 2, 2004
Merciless and darkly funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 31, 2003
A wild and woolly fable.