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Secretary Reviews

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Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
June 12, 2015
Shainberg sets up a restless quality in both characters, and he takes them very seriously but it still comes as a bit of shock to see what is normally considered to be sexist behavior finally and ultimately embraced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 1, 2015
Absolutely terrific, tight, and focused filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 23, 2010
"Secretary" recalibrates the capabilities of meaningful romantic comedy - a "Pygmalion" variation that's stealthily tender, witty but never broad and scintillatingly erotic to the point of palpitations. Gyllenhaal and Spader give career-best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 25, 2010
Steven Shainberg maintains a level of erotic suspense and anticipation that his terribly empathetic characters fulfill with pleasantly surprising acts of physical expression.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A fascinating and eccentric character study, and study of unconventional relationships fueled by fetish...
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 3, 2006
This S&M satire teeters on the verge of sleaze and exploitation but never descends into those domains due to Maggie Gyllenhaal's exquisite performance in a tricky role.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
April 22, 2006
A twisted and very funny rethinking of the romantic comedy genre. Great performances by Spader and Gyllenhaal.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Moriarty
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
June 25, 2005
Perhaps there is something bold about saying pain can bring healing as long as it's applied by the right hand, but that seems obvious and normal thanks to... Gyllenhaal.
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
March 8, 2004
A great feature film with enough laughs, weirdness, fine performances and filmmaking flair to earn it a place on most critics' top ten of the year lists.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 1, 2004
A grande proeza do filme é mostrar que, para os personagens de Gyllenhaal e Spader, seus desvios de personalidade não são defeitos, mas um caminho diferente para a felicidade.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 16, 2003
It has an integrity to the kinkiness of its theme that doesn't shake loose but you'll get more out of it if you bring your analyst along with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
June 8, 2003
Secretary might be too hot to handle for prudes and fuddy-duddies. But then again, it's the kind of film they might enjoy the most.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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