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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Reviews

January 21, 2014
This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 1, 2014
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.
December 26, 2013
Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be. Kind of like Walter Mitty himself.
December 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 26, 2013
Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying.
December 26, 2013
While stunning sequences show him skateboarding away from an erupting volcano and fighting off a great white shark, the character never becomes more than a fuzzy conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 26, 2013
This is a notably more upbeat attitude than the original short story had and Stiller sells it well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 26, 2013
I hated, hated, hated this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2013
It can be sentimental, but it is not frivolous.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2013
It's hard to pinpoint the cause of the problem, but Walter's story never engages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 24, 2013
In our daydreams, an ambitious, world-embracing movie like "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" deserves to be a bigger hit than yet another "Night at the Museum" or "Madagascar" sequel. But your mileage may vary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2013
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is star/director Ben Stiller's big swing for the fences, his bid to deliver a whopper that defines him as a filmmaker of the first rank. It's a swing and a miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2013
Our identification gives way to envy, and [Mitty] is another one of those enchanted people the rest of us can only dream of becoming.
December 24, 2013
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is filled with small, memorable moments that coalesce into a sweet, if predictable, parable about embracing life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2013
For much of its first half, during which visuals replace vision, Walter Mitty stumbles down a rabbit hole of technological triumph. But then something unexpected happens: It turns into a sweetly engaging blockbuster.
| Original Score: 3/5
December 24, 2013
The movie feels uncertain as to its own tones and intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2013
Mitty pays tribute to people who cherish the past and, in the face of extinction, are devoted to preserving it.
December 24, 2013
Like Mitty, Stiller dreams big. The problem is that audiences don't let him. He's both famous and forgotten, the best comedy director of his generation hiding in plain sight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 24, 2013
Dreams not only come true in the wonderful "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," they're the stuff everyday life is made of.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 24, 2013
You're going to find it all either enormously empowering or deeply calculated: an Arcade Fire-scored TV commercial for instant spirituality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 24, 2013
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" just doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 24, 2013
The unevenness of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Stiller's recessive characterization of the title character, keep it from being an all-out crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2013
Exquisitely produced, immaculately acted, and thoroughly uninvolving, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a perfect nothing of a movie.
December 24, 2013
If you love the Zoolander star and don't mind that this movie generates the occasional weak smile rather than huge laughs, then this self-indulgent, CGI-heavy Stiller world tour will make you happy indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2013
In adapting Mitty's tale to the 21st century, actor-director Ben Stiller proves Thurber -- a dyed-in-the-wool cynic -- is still too thorny a sensibility for the popcorn crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 24, 2013
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty creates an escapist world that grows out of and enriches the real world -- and it does so with revitalizing confidence and ease.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 24, 2013
It's once the daydreams stop and Mitty jets off to Greenland in search of Penn's itinerant shutterbug (and "actual" adventure) that the film takes an unexpected turn for the dull.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 24, 2013
A freewheeling, feel-good holiday movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2013
There isn't much reason for this "Walter Mitty" to exist.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2013
There's something slightly hypocritical about it ... preaching respect for the simple life, even as it's crammed full of overpriced visuals and larded with painfully obvious product placements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 23, 2013
Director-star Stiller plays Mitty as a zoned-out sad sack surrounded by whimsy. The result is a confused dramedy that isn't funny or compelling enough to make us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 23, 2013
By trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2013
The outlandish scenes in ''Mitty'' bring the most memorable element of the original tale - reality bending - to the forefront.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2013
This meaningless excuse for special-effects spending is like watching a wheezing arthritic horse dragging a tractor-trailer full of big-budget digital equipment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 17, 2013
The film is at its best when played as goofy comedy ... The later, country-hopping scenes feel like flicking through an old copy of National Geographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2013
The movie itself keeps glancing backward, at the lost and the obsolete.
October 6, 2013
Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.
October 6, 2013
Though Stiller has proven he can be much funnier ... the emotional dimension ultimately makes the film feel more substantial.
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
October 5, 2013
The movie is lost in a Walter Mitty fantasy of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: C