Secret Window


Secret Window

Critics Consensus

Depp is quirkily entertaining, but the movie runs out of steam by the end.



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From writer/director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes) comes this filmed adaptation of Stephen King's novella Secret Window, Secret Garden, one of four stories in the collection Four Past Midnight. Johnny Depp stars as Mort Rainey, a recently divorced author who decides to take some time off at his cottage. Unfortunately for Rainey, John Shooter (John Turturro), an unbalanced wannabe writer, tracks him down, claiming that Rainey plagiarized his work. Also starring Maria Bello, Charles S. Dutton, and Timothy Hutton, Secret Window is the second story from Four Past Midnight to be adapted as a film, the first being 1995's made-for-television The Langoliers. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Johnny Depp
as Mort Rainey
John Turturro
as John Shooter
Maria Bello
as Amy Rainey
Timothy Hutton
as Ted Milner
Len Cariou
as Sheriff Dave Newsome
Joan Heney
as Mrs. Garvey
John Dunn-Hill
as Tom Greenleaf
Vlasta Vrana
as Fire Chief Wickersham
Matt Holland
as Detective Bradley
Gillian Ferrabee
as Fran Evans
Bronwen Mantel
as Greta Bowie
Richard Jutras
as Motel Manager
Kevin Woodhouse
as Public Works Guy
Vito De Filippo
as Public Works Guy
Sarah Allen
as Sheriff's Niece
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Critic Reviews for Secret Window

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Audience Reviews for Secret Window

  • Sep 24, 2014
    This movie should be paying huge debts to much better psychological thrillers like PSYCHO or MISERY (coincidentally, the latter is another Stephen King book adaptation), but nevertheless, SECRET WINDOW is creepy, disturbing and haunting. Not to mention it benefits from a strong performance from Johnny Depp.
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2013
    "It's all about the ending." Secret Window is a brilliantly crafted psychological thriller that keeps its secrets through well-placed misdirection and suspense that both engages the audience and brings them into the story. One day a mysterious stranger named John Shooter shows up on the doorstep of novelist Mort Rainey, accusing him of stealing his script and demanding reparations. The directing is exceptional, through the eye of director David Koepp we get inside of the mind of Mort Rainey, hear his thoughts, and see through his eyes; while all the while providing hints ever so subtlety about who John Shooter is, Mort's shadowy past, and the origin of the Secret Window. Johnny Depp, John Turturro, and Maria Bello lead the cast and give excellent performances. A smart and engrossing mystery, Secret Window is a masterpiece of suspense and terror that's among the best of Stephen King's adapted works.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2013
    Mind-blowing thriller with a great atmosphere, a interesting story and a outstanding performance from Johnny Depp. It has been a while sense I've seen a different role from Johnny Depp other than Tim Burton film's, and it was a surprise to see him in such a dark, magnetic role. John Turturro is also great in the role, he was creepy and interesting in his role. I love the twist, things just keep happening, and happening and it get even more interesting. Secret Window is one of the better Stephen King novel adaptations , boosting a terrific turn from Depp, an interesting story, atmosphere, some disturbing images and a dark ending.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2012
    Kinda predictable, but Johnny Depp pull it off with his stunning performance as Mort Rainey who is being stalked by a copycat, wannabe writer. Based on the novella by Stephen King, the story has a lot of guts to it, but failed to combine all the elements together as a whole, the film seemed scattered around uncontinuous scenes. The ending was disappointing, and sadly it was kind of Depp's own fault.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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