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  • Summary: Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominoes with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband's alluring friend, Laurent, she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Feb 19, 2014
    50
    If it weren’t for the costumes, the basic plot could be mistaken for a 19th-century version of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" or "Double Indemnity."
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 20, 2014
    50
    Ms. Olsen and the more persuasive Mr. Isaac may generate heat, but their performances and the filmmaking lack the frenzy that might explain how these two crazy kids turned into murderous fiends.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 20, 2014
    40
    What do we do about a movie that is half compelling and half unwatchable? Director Charlie Stratton seems to be onto something at the start of his period drama In Secret. Then it all slips through his fingers.
  7. Reviewed by: Kaleem Aftab
    Sep 27, 2013
    0
    It takes a special talent to turn the romantic lyricism of Zola and turn it into chick-lit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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 somewhat familiar, the acting is done very convincingly. The period costumes, scenery, and photography are also well done. Expand
  2. 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 (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. Expand

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