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Secret Window Reviews

April 1, 2004
Mr. Depp demonstrates once again that he never disappoints as an actor, even in something as fraudulent as Secret Window.
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.
March 18, 2004
Has no story, no ending and no redeeming value.
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
March 16, 2004
Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the film lurches tiredly through the author's favorite masochistic-narcissistic fantasy, subjecting a woebegone writer to a gauntlet of abuse.
March 15, 2004
[I]t's so refreshing to see a thriller that doesn't compromise itself with a pat Hollywood ending.
March 12, 2004
Despite Koepp's control of suspense and Depp's fully fleshed, if fragmented, hero, this Window ultimately feels like one most of us have climbed through before.
March 12, 2004
[Koepp's] up against an insurmountable problem -- lifeless source material.
March 12, 2004
[Depp] turns Secret Window into a pleasantly show-offy showcase for his own charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2004
An eerie, playful thriller and an all-around entertaining time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2004
All the corn pone in Mississippi can't make this go down like anything but year-old grits.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 12, 2004
Koepp keeps the suspense going. And amazingly he does it with a minimum of violence and special effects, relying instead on such old-fashioned ideas as character, atmosphere and the occasional, time-honored, bump in the night.
March 12, 2004
Works well as a showcase for Depp's idiosyncrasies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 12, 2004
It's a slight story to begin with, and the movie teeters on camp with its jokey filler material.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2004
It wants to be surprising but merely grows foolish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2004
To watch Johnny Depp act in anything is always a treat. But does it have to be the only treat going?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 12, 2004
Generates the kind of low-wattage creepiness that helps compensate for its lack of resonance.
Read More | Original Score: B-
March 12, 2004
Not even Depp can quite save the relentless obviousness and preposterous turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 12, 2004
Somewhere in the middle of [King's] range storywise, and toward the top in Depp's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2004
A second helping would be hard to justify were it not for Depp, whose manic idea of comedy seems right for a Stephen King thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 11, 2004
This uneven psychological thriller has its share of chills, but Depp and Turturro are a hoot.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 11, 2004
There is undeniable pleasure in watching Depp have fun with a role, turning a character in an inferior movie into something worth treasuring. Still, it would be even more rewarding watching him work his magic in a good film.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 11, 2004
A potent psychological thriller bolstered by strong performances and an offbeat sense of humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2004
There are contrivances of convenience in Secret Window, all of which keep the movie from ending too soon.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2004
Johnny Depp's performance as a trebly beset writer is the highlight of this underwhelming suspense thriller based on a Stephen King novella.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
March 11, 2004
Even if you do figure out what's ahead, the movie's stylish execution rewards you for your cunning.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2004
Depp putters around in one of his wife's old bathrobes, allowing clues to fall out of the pockets like crumpled used tissues, which is exactly what they and the movie most resemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 11, 2004
With Depp in the lead, Secret Window never quite slips into mediocrity, but it's not destined to be remembered among King's finest efforts, either.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 11, 2004
Bloody, bone-chilling fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2004
Hitchcock would have loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 11, 2004
The ultimate test of one's tolerance for King's self-aggrandizing postulations about writer's block, obsessive fans and the potentially frightening manifestations of the writer's id.
March 11, 2004
The standout is John Turturro, who makes Shooter a terrifying individual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2004
Telegraphs its intentions too early and relies too much on a single actor, Johnny Depp, to achieve its emotional force.
March 11, 2004
[Koepp] manages some compelling creepy-crawly moments and captures the wintry mood of Mr. King's small-town upstate New York setting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 11, 2004
This is Depp's film from beginning to end, and he's fascinating to watch.
March 11, 2004
A clever, tense thriller that loses steam toward the end.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 11, 2004
Secret Window, a hack job patched together from bits of Stephen King's earlier, better stories, is such a cheeseball it ultimately subverts even Depp's considerable charm and talent.
Read More | Original Score: C-
March 10, 2004
The story roots around dutifully in by-now-familiar SK notions of real life being stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+