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Secrets & Lies Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
March 18, 2011
In the hands of another director, it would have been a sentimental melodrama, a soap opera, but with nuanced writing and sharp helming, Mike Leigh mixes humor and pathos in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
September 2, 2009
Much more than just a touching story of the ties that bind humanity and the way we reveal ourselves, "Secrets and Lies" (1996) is a staggering work of cinematic genius. It is truly a perfect film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 7, 2006
It's hard to argue against it being a sharply observant and deeply felt melodrama, one that is accessible, contemporary and frightingly realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Dequina
September 14, 2005
Leigh's script and direction pushes all the right emotional buttons without getting overly melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
March 1, 2005
Leigh's film stops short of catharsis, providing the potential for the characters' rebuilding of their relationships without suggesting that such projects are simple or immediate.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 19, 2005
Secrets & Lies is littered with scenes that begin at a fever pitch before descending into a becalmed, meditative state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 1, 2004
The characters are so painfully real it's more like watching a documentary than a made-up story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
June 26, 2004
An English mother-daughter racial melodrama that resonates with simplicity and insight. Leigh is considerate of his movie's identity and spirit just as much as demonstrates this with his wounded protagonists
| Original Score: 4/5
Norm Schrager
November 13, 2003
His characters look normal, act normal, chatter, and scream. And even when they choose not to speak, not to give away secrets, they're still heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 26, 2003
Perhaps Mike Leigh's most popular film, but still packs a gut-punch.
| Original Score: 5/5
Widgett Walls
February 25, 2003
An excellent drama of family dysfunction.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 16, 2003
Terribly overrated but for Brenda Blethyn's devastating realization midway through.
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 28, 2002
...a modern homily on the hidden dangers of expedience.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Rings true with its deliciously ripe moments when people relax and reveal themselves in raw intimacy.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Leigh's best work yet is indisputably screen art, but it's a flesh-and-blood 'people' movie, too.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
October 29, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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