Secret Window Reviews

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December 15, 2017
Actually, there isn't much of a movie here at all. But there is always Depp... By far the director David Koepp's best decision was to indulge in a riveted idolatry of his star.
May 1, 2004
Even Johnny Depp in quirk-overdrive can't save it, his slyly insincere performance eventually irritating as much as the sincerely stupid movie he's stuck in.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
March 12, 2004
An eerie, playful thriller and an all-around entertaining time at the movies.
March 12, 2004
All the corn pone in Mississippi can't make this go down like anything but year-old grits.
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.
March 12, 2004
It's a slight story to begin with, and the movie teeters on camp with its jokey filler material.
March 12, 2004
It wants to be surprising but merely grows foolish.
March 12, 2004
To watch Johnny Depp act in anything is always a treat. But does it have to be the only treat going?
March 12, 2004
Generates the kind of low-wattage creepiness that helps compensate for its lack of resonance.
March 12, 2004
Not even Depp can quite save the relentless obviousness and preposterous turns.
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