Reviews

Jun 19, 2016
With such high aims, it's too bad that 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' falls somewhat short of greatness. But it's not often that you come across a "big" movie as earnest and patently un-cynical as this one.
Jan 21, 2014
This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season.
Jan 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.
Jan 1, 2014
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty probably succeeds on its own terms. Given the elusive nature of those terms, it is, however, hard to tell for certain.
Dec 26, 2013
Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be. Kind of like Walter Mitty himself.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 26, 2013
Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying.
Dec 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.
Dec 26, 2013
This is a notably more upbeat attitude than the original short story had and Stiller sells it well.
Dec 26, 2013
I hated, hated, hated this movie.
Dec 26, 2013
In striving so earnestly for a redemptive and genuinely heroic happy ending, Stiller's movie jettisons the original's lightness.
Dec 26, 2013
[Stiller] isn't the actor for this role. His comic dysfunctionalism is too frowning, too obsessive-compulsive. (He would be good as a Patricia Highsmith murderer, batty, innocent, single-minded.) Walter Mitty needs a Jim Carrey or a Will Ferrell.
Dec 26, 2013
It might leave you feeling inspired into submission.
Dec 24, 2013
There are some bracingly robust images, befitting a story about the man who goes places and the man who looks at the pictures of places.
Dec 24, 2013
It can be sentimental, but it is not frivolous.
Dec 24, 2013
It's hard to pinpoint the cause of the problem, but Walter's story never engages.
Dec 24, 2013
Ben Stiller has created a movie about how cool Ben Stiller is.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.