Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
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  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    In Secret boasts vigor and thematic richness, that feeling of artists expressing something vital.
  2. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Feb 21, 2014
    75
    In Secret is a costume drama with a gigantic accent on the drama. It's my kind of crazy, and I was quite entertained. To borrow again from Shakespeare, "'Tis Madness, but there's method to't."
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    An effective period piece thriller that incorporates love, lust, desperation, and madness into a stew thickened by a gothic atmosphere.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    That’s the key to this movie — the way Thérèse looks at things; it’s a rare film that focuses on a woman actually looking and how she responds to what she sees.
  5. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 20, 2014
    75
    Here is a culture in which female strength, having no outlet, must become distorted or lethal. In Therese and her aunt, we find two manifestations of the same disease.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Feb 19, 2014
    75
    There’s never any doubt that this will end badly for the lovers. But just in case, Jessica Lange as the fire-breathing mother-in-law seals the deal.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 27, 2013
    67
    Therese is almost voyeuristically distant from what's happening on screen, asking the audience to observe, but leaving just enough a gap of being completely engaged, that while everything is very well articulated, the impact is more academic than sensual.
  8. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Feb 20, 2014
    63
    There is nothing really wrong with In Secret, yet in the end one feels dissatisfied. It’s as if you’ve just sat through a dry academic lecture dissecting the novel.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 20, 2014
    63
    Olsen is pretty good, too, though with her bald-faced, moon-eyed disdain for everyone around her, the material loses some of its tension between repressed surface and roiling underbelly.
  10. 63
    A genuine “bodice ripper” of a thriller, with the requisite heavy breathing that comes after said bodice is ripped. The sex isn’t explicit, but Olsen and Isaac suggest the heat that gives this doomed affair its momentum.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 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
    6
    A beautiful young woman (Elizabeth Olsen) is trapped in a marriage to her sickly cousin (Tom Felgon) and dominated by her aunt (JessicaA 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
    10
    A "momma's boy" neglects his arranged bride, who is bored and takes a lover. Suspenseful actions follow. Although the theme is somewhatA "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 »