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Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

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  • Summary: A middle-aged London factory worker is shocked when the mixed-race daughter she gave up at birth decides to track her down. At first she denies she is her mother. All family members become emotional, as everyone's secrets are exposed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    A masterful mix of wit and humor, sympathy and sadness.
  2. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    100
    Leigh, the writer, ties up things somewhat neatly and is a touch homiletic. Leigh, the director of cast and camera, is masterly. [Sept. 30, 1996]
  3. 100
    Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
  4. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Sean Means
    90
    Breathtaking, heartbreaking.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    The results are wondrous, wrenching and crazily funny to behold.
  6. Leigh has a gift for demonstrating character from the outside in.
  7. 60
    Unquestionably a finely observed, deeply felt work, though with some nagging problems in pacing and structure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. ShaniceT
    Dec 2, 2006
    10
    Phenomenal film! Brilliant screenplay, direction, and acting.
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    10
    Secrets & Lies is my favorite film from a terrific director in Mike Leigh. It's about intricate and rocky relationships evolving around aSecrets & Lies is my favorite film from a terrific director in Mike Leigh. It's about intricate and rocky relationships evolving around a family, and at it's heart a woman finding her real mother becoming introduced into this family. It's not just another "searching for birth parent" film, but one of real emotion and complexity. It has a host of terrific performances especially, from the great Brenda Blethyn as the mother struggling in her relations with one daughter, while coming to terms with another she never knew. This is one of my favorite films from the 1990's; just terrific! Expand
  3. Macky
    Oct 23, 2005
    10
    The Best Movie I have ever seen, PERIOD! Unbelivable acting, great story, deeply moving. If you care about people more than special effects The Best Movie I have ever seen, PERIOD! Unbelivable acting, great story, deeply moving. If you care about people more than special effects see this movie. Expand
  4. Apr 21, 2015
    10
    awesome but predictable from the beginning if it is the wife... a true twist would it being the friend... the wife was fishy from theawesome but predictable from the beginning if it is the wife... a true twist would it being the friend... the wife was fishy from the beginning , why is she pointing the murder weapon out to the cops and why is she always letting conelle in when the husband is the suspect...hmmm cuz she did it and she wants all evidence found before the truth comes out that, that was the night she found out he cheated on her with the mother of the murdered child... Expand
  5. PatC.
    Jun 11, 2007
    9
    It's a struggle to follow this movie in the early going as it tracks two sets of characters who do not initially interact. Finally what It's a struggle to follow this movie in the early going as it tracks two sets of characters who do not initially interact. Finally what is going on reveals itself. From then on, one is witness to an important story exceptionally well told. Upon reflection the accomplishment of this film is exemplary. The last line of spoken dialogue, filled with peace, is as perfect a masterpiece of closure as any ever committed to film. A must see for those who differentiate the best from the rest. Despite the difficult setup I cannot recommend it highly enough. Collapse
  6. May 4, 2016
    9
    Secrets & Lies will reveal the truth and get rid of the lies. By how exactly? That's where watching it will give you a clue. I mean, who wouldSecrets & Lies will reveal the truth and get rid of the lies. By how exactly? That's where watching it will give you a clue. I mean, who would rather prefer speaking the truth? I do. Expand
  7. Aug 24, 2010
    6
    Woman decides to trace her real mother after the death of her adoptive mother.
    Usual Mike Leigh affair with all the grit, tension & emotion
    Woman decides to trace her real mother after the death of her adoptive mother.
    Usual Mike Leigh affair with all the grit, tension & emotion you'd expect. Pretty well acted but thought it went a bit annoying towards the end. Thought the musical score was a bit lame too & didn't really fit.
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