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Un Secret (A Secret) Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 2, 2008
It would be hard to imagine a less necessary Holocaust picture than A Secret.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric Kohn
New York Press
September 3, 2008
A Secret takes the tired approach of a child viewing history through the quirks of his family, which worked only slightly better in last year's Blame it On Fidel.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
mia allokoti domi tainias mesa se tainia poy diakoptetai apo alli tainia, ospoy sto telos ksehnas kai poio itan to mystiko, kai poios einai o allos poy soy to ekrybe, kai pote emfanistike aytos poy tha to mathei kai giati soy to lene esena stin teliki.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
October 18, 2008
Despite strong performances, this is a rigidly uncinematic effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2008
A Secret is a showcase for great acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 19, 2008
A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 6, 2008
The almost egregiously deliberate pace with which Miller has infused the production ultimately turns out to be far more problematic than one might initially have suspected...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 18, 2008
The soapy climax is unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
A blue-chip cast and handsome stagings do little to prevent this French movie being a muddled, pretentious washout. Substantial re-editing might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2008
Claude Miller's World War II domestic drama is unusually attentive to the way that the Holocaust disrupted lives that were messy enough to begin with.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
The acting is exceptional. If parts of A Secret veer toward soap opera, the ensemble work reduces the suds to a minimum.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 1, 2008
Beautifully and poignantly captures the complexities of being a Jew in France from the 1930's to the present, where layers of a family's history are revealed by jumping back and forth in time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
April 4, 2009
It is a deeply moving and heartfelt story that makes an indelible impression on the viewers' hearts and minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 2, 2008
A somber and haunting personal film told with the scope of The Godfather trilogy that's sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who sees it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
September 10, 2008
Claude Miller's ravishingly shot drama gives up its titular mystery early, but there's plenty of cinematic intrigue well after what's covert in this complicated family story becomes overt.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2008
Beautifully acted and exquisitely photographed, director Claude Miller's superb drama, from Philippe Grimbert's autobiographical novel, is awash with the ripples created by unlived lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stan Hall
Oregonian
January 9, 2009
Sagnier beautifully plays the most crucial moment. She's part of a fine ensemble cast that somewhat obscures the heavy-handed symbolism and punch-pulling finale.
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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
A harrowing and wrenching coming-of-age story in which François wrestles with the question of identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 7, 2008
Not very easy to follow, but the twists and turns are gripping and emotional
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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