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Secretary Reviews

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Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 19, 2002
Anybody remember Shannon Tweed?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 7, 2002
Secretary is a love story in very much the same way that Schindler's List is a comedy.
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
September 20, 2002
A fairy tale romance wrapped within the fantasia of sadomasochistic games, Steven Shainberg's Secretary takes devious routes only to arrive at an old-fashioned finale.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
October 6, 2002
...it wasn't the subject matter that ultimately defeated the film...It was the unfulfilling, incongruous, "wait a second, did I miss something?" ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 2, 2002
The film was cute and well-acted and tastefully directed and its humor well-placed, but it went nowhere with its muted story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
December 8, 2002
Even as the stakes are raised in Secretary's sexual give and take, the movie retains its detached, private mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2002
I found the movie a bit of a bore.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2002
It provokes nothing but yawns, and the sex it explores is stuff everybody knows about and says, 'So what?'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 10, 2002
Self-serious and ultimately pedestrian satire.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 26, 2002
An edgy, cleverly written indie that simply derails shortly before the final stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 24, 2002
Secretary [is] about as compelling as a Corn Flakes commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 10, 2003
Secretary operates on a level devoid of any plausibility or satisfaction. It's cold, overly-calculated, tasteless and meaningless in nearly every way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
October 11, 2002
A movie about kinks shouldn't be this ponderous or slow.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 25, 2002
The film treats the subject of S&M with a kind of confused interest worthy of Madonna.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nev Pierce
BBC.com
May 6, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
October 25, 2002
The one thing that's consistently involving in Secretary is Maggie Gyllenhaal as the secretary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
November 20, 2002
Ughhh! Can we please give the 50's a rest?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Poland
Hot Button
September 20, 2002
Secretary is a piffle. I didn't hate it. And I wouldn't have been upset if the film had broken and the last 30 minutes were forever lost to me.
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
October 2, 2002
The screenplay ... oversimplifies aspects of Lee and Mr. Grey's relationship while unnecessarily complicating others.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 14, 2002
It's a movie for guys who secretly want to spank their secretaries into submission and for women who wish their guys would treat them nastier.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 7, 2009
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 15, 2003
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 3, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
September 27, 2002
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
November 16, 2002
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
September 17, 2003
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
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Arizona Republic
September 27, 2002

Boston Phoenix
October 2, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 2, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
May 30, 2003

Guardian
July 8, 2003
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