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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 herSet 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
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Feb 20, 2014
    50
    A film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 21, 2014
    45
    If the movie fails to conjure soiled 19th-century Paris, that's not primarily because it was shot in Hungary and Serbia. More problematic are the English-language dialogue and actors who speak in a variety of accents and perform in a range of styles.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 19, 2014
    40
    Though it sounds like a contradiction, the film could be described as both dull and over the top.
  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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  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 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. Collapse
  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 (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. Expand

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