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Secret Window Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
March 16, 2004
Unfortunately, an attention-grabbing visual style and compelling performances across the board cannot overcome what's lacking in story.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 12, 2004
All the corn pone in Mississippi can't make this go down like anything but year-old grits.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 11, 2004
There are a couple of tingly reveals and creepy fake-outs, but it's just too familiar. John Shooter tells Morty that his story needs a better ending. So does this movie.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
It all feels recycled and re-recycled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 11, 2004
Entertaining at first, but falls apart once its secret is revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 11, 2004
Telegraphs its intentions too early and relies too much on a single actor, Johnny Depp, to achieve its emotional force.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Depp's ... wonderfully frazzled portrait of seething resentment almost makes this minor thriller seem fresh.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 11, 2004
For all its technical prowess, it can't shake the feeling that we've seen this all before... and that it was probably better the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 11, 2004
Pitched between horror and comedy, Secret Window turns out to be neither terribly scary nor especially funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
April 24, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 11, 2004
The rising dread is hobbled by a huge impediment: The story doesn't make a lick of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 13, 2004
...[a] stylish but hampered frightfest. There's a questionable routine draft that blows through this particular defective Window...notoriously derivative and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Johnny Depp is the saving grace of a sub-par, often boring mystery film with a spirited performance.
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
March 11, 2004
'Secret Window' is essentially a one-man show for Johnny Depp to strut his stuff.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
March 11, 2004
The movie can only skate so far on Depp's charisma and a handful of gleefully bent internal monologues. It has no fun in winding to its oafish, obvious conclusion.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
March 11, 2004
Call me picky, but I need my thrillers to thrill me.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
August 21, 2004
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
March 21, 2004
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
April 5, 2004
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
May 1, 2004
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David Rooney
July 7, 2008
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AV Club
March 11, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 16, 2004

Boston Phoenix
March 21, 2004
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Hindustan Times
July 3, 2004
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