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Secret Window Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 22, 2004
A pastiche of past thrillers, recycling its elements from The Shining, Misery, The Dark Half and just about every other King project this side of The Mangler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 21, 2004
for a while it works, right up until its dreadfully silly ending
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 21, 2004
The story is so basic that it makes a fine template for an exercise in style, and Koepp layers on the details with great relish.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 19, 2004
Except for Depp's performance, "Secret Window" is a film we've seen and heard before.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
March 19, 2004
Secret Window is filled with so many red herrings, one could have a veritable feast if one were to filet them, cream them, and serve them with a box of crackers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
March 19, 2004
By the end of Secret Window, I was too busy being amused by the film's undeniable sense of thrills to care that much about the flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
March 18, 2004
The mystery in Secret Window won't be too hard to pry open.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 18, 2004
Koepp simply never gets anywhere near the story's underlying themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 18, 2004
...[only] the latest King thriller to be defenestrated onto the screen. The hack finale buried whatever hope I had for Secret Window to keep me from eyeing the door.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 18, 2004
Has no story, no ending and no redeeming value.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 18, 2004
If the material seems awfully familiar (and after you learn the ending, it will), it's as much Stephen King's fault as David Koepp's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
March 18, 2004
Naturally, the less said about the spooks themselves, the better.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 17, 2004
Sadly, the good isn't as good as the best King adaptations, and the bad isn't as funny as the worst ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca
March 17, 2004
N'empêche une autre performance de qualité de Johnny Depp, Fenêtre secrète finit par s'effriter à mesure que l'on avance vers sa résolution
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
FilmStew.com
March 16, 2004
Unfortunately, an attention-grabbing visual style and compelling performances across the board cannot overcome what's lacking in story.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 16, 2004
Ridiculously overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 16, 2004
The plot certainly has possibilities, but far too many of them are botched by writer-director David Koepp, who's a better writer than director.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
March 16, 2004
[A] fairly mundane thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 16, 2004
Remember why Kathy Bates won an Oscar? Well this is something like that.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
March 16, 2004
Not the stuff strong thrillers are made of, but Panic Room screenwriter David Koepp knows how to ratchet up the tension and spring as many giddy jump cuts on the audience as they can stand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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