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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Reviews

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J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 17, 2016
[Stiller's] creative fingerprints are few and far between here, the pic's spoon-fed schmaltziness betraying [his] typical satiric edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
July 6, 2014
Steve Conrad's script is a jumbled farce, misfiring on comedic executions and inserting beats that have no real relevance to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 8, 2014
The remake is straightforward, with fewer secrets, more sentiment and it isn't as funny
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Cormac O'Brien
Little White Lies
December 24, 2013
Ben Stiller's latest directorial effort offers the balmy reassurance of a 'Hang in There, Kitty' poster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
While the original Mitty was a heartbreakingly sad figure, this Mitty is a weak parable for living life to the fullest (or something like that.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
October 5, 2013
"The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" employs hackneyed and mawkish methods to achieve a false sense of joyfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 20, 2013
Two hours of gloopy, insipid, narcissistic wish fulfilment ensues, alongside an uncomfortably extended promotion for dating site eHarmony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
October 11, 2013
Who would have predicted that the rich fantasy world of James Thurber's day-dreaming Walter Mitty looks a lot like a second-rate Wes Anderson movie?
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
December 27, 2013
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty offers a momentary distraction from life's hustle and bustle, but fails to become the kind of life-changing film that will make people jump out of their seats with a whole new personal outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
December 26, 2013
Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying.
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
December 21, 2013
While this latest film version makes a noble attempt, I'll continue to rely on the short story to keep my bond with Walt going strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
December 21, 2013
Christmas day is chock full of new releases, and Walter Mitty may find himself daydreaming alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
December 26, 2013
It looks as if Stiller had a conversation with Adam Sandler and Mike Myers about how you can inflate your budget using commercial sponsors, thus guaranteeing a huge payday for yourself.
Top Critic
David Ehrlich
Film.com
October 6, 2013
Kind of like if Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru were remade as an 114-minute Super Bowl commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/10
Violet Lucca
Reverse Shot
June 20, 2016
The most universally satisfying Hollywood films are usually predicated on a dialectical relationship... But Walter Mitty is too clumsy and afraid to offend to properly take that journey, not unlike its titular character.
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
December 26, 2013
Let us now praise average men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
December 23, 2013
Some points are blasted at you like an Alpine horn, yet you can barely hear the film's central "seize the moment" message amidst the clamour of uplifting anthems and craven product plugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Shone
Guardian
October 16, 2013
It's too airless, too perfect, a dream of connection with humanity that flees contact with actual people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
December 26, 2013
This is Mitty as emotionally bruised hipster who has been knocked around a bit, not as a quietly desperate, distracted man. Thurber's story is about secret longings; this movie reveals them all.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 26, 2013
It's one thing to repurpose a story into something of your own, but to abandon its intent in service of a unrecognizable plot and muddled message leads to the question: Why call it The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at all?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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