Dec 4, 2020
The frequent fantasy is almost always indistinguishable from the reality - which makes the fantasy not inspiring enough and the reality far too unperceivable.
Aug 29, 2019
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails because it is contrived, an inorganic exercise about what it means to get out of your comfort zone and go for broke. This is the childish fantasy of what that's supposed to look like.
Mar 7, 2019
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty's most disappointing aspect is that Stiller has taken genuinely timeless themes and diluted them in a sea of schmaltz and sentimentality.
Nov 1, 2018
It fails to understand that poignancy isn't something you set out to try and be, and that trying to just makes you look pretentious.
Feb 22, 2018
There are great moments throughout, but I couldn't help feeling this was largely a wild fantasy on the part of Stiller, who is not a talented straight actor, and who has effortfully stretched the original story beyond all recognition.
Aug 24, 2017
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty can sometimes feel like listening to a high-school slam poet read from his latest diary entry: it's all-too earnest and over-the-top heartfelt. You can't help but smile and look away.
Jun 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.
Apr 17, 2016
[Stiller's] creative fingerprints are few and far between here, the pic's spoon-fed schmaltziness betraying [his] typical satiric edge.
Aug 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.)
Jul 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.
Apr 7, 2014
Mitty doodles and dawdles through the world, swept away by momentary bursts of special-effects fantasy while his life is changed by the presence of a cake made by his mother.
Jan 21, 2014
This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season.
Jan 9, 2014
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a disappointment, an often confusing and silly contrivance of an unbecoming-of-age comedy based on Thurber's literary work (adapted into a 1947 vehicle for star Danny Kaye.)
Jan 9, 2014
Walter Mitty has a big heart, and I like it for that. But this is definitely a case where a little simpler would have been a lot better overall.
Jan 8, 2014
The remake is straightforward, with fewer secrets, more sentiment and it isn't as funny
Jan 8, 2014
The cinematography is exceptional - if only the acting and script were on that level.
Jan 7, 2014
'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' is not the old James Thurber short story brought to the big screen. It's important to make that clear.
Jan 6, 2014
Iceland deserves an apology: The utter phoniness here is disrespectful to the natural splendor of that island nation's locations, which provide the film with its only moments of distinction.
Jan 6, 2014
Too often its easygoing charm is scuttled by strained efforts to be life-affirming and profound.
Jan 6, 2014
By imposing carpe diem purpose on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - although no deeper than a Nike ad - Stiller turns Thurber's everyman into every man for himself. If you have a dream, get your own movie.