Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 20, 2014
    In Secret is so stifled, it makes “Les Misérables” look like “Amélie.”
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 20, 2014
    The only thing Stratton, a former television actor making his first feature, has going for him is the casting of Jessica Lange.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 19, 2014
    Your average episode of “Days of Our Lives” is less soapy (and performed with more restraint).
  4. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Feb 17, 2014
    A broad, crude mutilation of Emile Zola's noirish romance Thérèse Raquin that prioritizes heavy petting over plot.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 20, 2014
    Whatever possessed the people who made this film to believe its ponderous style would appeal to contemporary audiences? One answer may lie in a variant of the mostly true proposition that no one sets out to make a bad film. No one chooses ponderousness as a goal; it comes unbidden, with deadly earnestness.
  6. Reviewed by: Kaleem Aftab
    Sep 27, 2013
    It takes a special talent to turn the romantic lyricism of Zola and turn it into chick-lit.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 24, 2014
    A beautiful young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) is trapped in a marriage to her sickly cousin (Tom Felgon) and dominated by her aunt (Jessica Lange). Passion materializes in the form of a family friend (Oscar Isaac) and leads to multiple tragedies. This dark (literally), dark (thematically) drama is set in mid-18th century Paris, when apparently, it was never sunny. The movie barely has any light moments either, choosing instead to mire itself in endless, overwrought emotion. The performances are strong (although Lange does suffer a bit too much) and it starts with promising potential, but the whole thing bogs down midway, becomes almost preposterous and just falls apart. Full Review »
  2. Feb 23, 2014
    A "momma's boy" neglects his arranged bride, who is bored and takes a lover. Suspenseful actions follow. Although the theme is somewhat familiar, the acting is done very convincingly. The period costumes, scenery, and photography are also well done. Full Review »