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Secrets & Lies Reviews

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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-
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+
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
September 14, 2005
Leigh's script and direction pushes all the right emotional buttons without getting overly melodramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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
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
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
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
March 26, 2003
Perhaps Mike Leigh's most popular film, but still packs a gut-punch.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 25, 2003
An excellent drama of family dysfunction.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2003
Terribly overrated but for Brenda Blethyn's devastating realization midway through.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 28, 2002
...a modern homily on the hidden dangers of expedience.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
August 28, 2002
Rings true with its deliciously ripe moments when people relax and reveal themselves in raw intimacy.
January 1, 2000
Leigh's best work yet is indisputably screen art, but it's a flesh-and-blood 'people' movie, too.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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