The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty 2013

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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It doesn't lack for ambition, but The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails to back up its grand designs with enough substance to anchor the spectacle.

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Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life's new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.

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Critic Reviews for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

All Critics (194) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (100) | Rotten (94)

  • This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season.

    January 21, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Stiller's attempt to braid together introspection and humor kept me engaged and curious, even when I wasn't quite sure what he was setting out to do.

    January 1, 2014 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
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  • Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be. Kind of like Walter Mitty himself.

    December 26, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes you see failed films and think, well, they tried for this or that but couldn't pull it off. After seeing Ben Stiller's version of the venerable James Thurber story, I don't know what the film was trying for.

    December 26, 2013
  • It has little narrative interest and requires that the director latch onto a very specific airy tone of whimsy, lest the whole souffle collapse.

    December 26, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying.

    December 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

  • Mar 14, 2016
    Beautiful cinematography, but that's all it has going for it.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2014
    A very pleasant movie that finds a nice balance between sincere drama and unexpected humor, even though it seems to have "for the masses" written all over it, with subtle moments coexisting in the same story with more obvious ones, which ends up diluting a bit the result.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    Walter-ish stuff!! More or less watchable. More than less avoidable.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2014
    Enjoyable drama comedy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a well crafted film, that I felt was well acted and paced and Ben Stiller was terrific here, and he also directs. Although the film is a bit slow, the tone and story is quite good, and I was surprised at how good the film is. Ben Stiller does some fine work here, and he is more than able to craft something a bit more dramatic in tone than his previous works such as Tropic Thunder and Zoolander. The film is entertaining for what it is, and it's a film that really shows off Stiller's directorial talents. With that being said, I'm an anxious to see what he'll make next, as the film is engaging, well acted and directed. The film does have a few weaker moments that could have been improved upon, but for the most part, it's a film that is well worth your time if you're looking for an effective drama. What I enjoyed the most about the film was of course, Ben Stiller's performance, and I thought he handled the dramatic element perfectly, and he shows off his range as an actor, as he opts for a more serious affair than his usual output. I really enjoy Ben Stiller, loved most of his comedies, and it's always refreshing to me to see a comedic actor attempt something more serious, and it's always a treat when a genre actor like Ben Stiller who is more famous for comedies step out of his comfort zone, and attempt something quite different than what we are used to. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is not a great movie, but it's still an accomplished drama for what it does, and with an actor like Stiller acting and directing, we get something quite good and unique as well.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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