Secretary Reviews

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March 15, 2020
all at once a post-feminist fairy tale about the flowering self-realisation of a young woman, a parable of therapeutic recovery, and an allegory of office politics - but ultimately Lee seems far easier to tie up than to pin down.
January 2, 2018
Spader handles a tricky role beautifully, but this is Gyllenhaals's tour de force. She is remarkable and original.
September 11, 2017
... Secretary shows how one woman stopped at nothing to get her love. But I'm still scratching my head at the whole thing.
August 25, 2017
[Secretary] manages the impossible trifecta of being simultaneously funny, sympathetic, and really, really hot.
August 16, 2017
This is a film that is in on the joke but doesn't make light of its subject matter.
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.
March 1, 2015
Absolutely terrific, tight, and focused filmmaking.
November 9, 2011
September 7, 2011
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.
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.
April 29, 2009
A fascinating and eccentric character study, and study of unconventional relationships fueled by fetish...
November 1, 2007
A feel-good movie about sadomasochism, the seriocomic Secretary manages to be simultaneously subversive and sweet...In the wrong hands, the conceit could have turned ugly and offensive. But Spader and Gyllenhaal have a hushed, hilarious chemistry.
July 14, 2007
December 30, 2006
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.
April 22, 2006
A twisted and very funny rethinking of the romantic comedy genre. Great performances by Spader and Gyllenhaal.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
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.
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