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  • Summary: When a ten-year marriage ends with the death of the husband in a car crash, the distraught wife discovers her husband had a male lover. Against all odds, they become friends.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. This graceful and wise film moves to its denouement with subtlety and, at its end, strikes a note that seems just right for all that has gone before.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ehrenstein
    80
    Keeping the mood dry, Ozpetek and his very resourceful leading lady keep the proceedings from turning into an Almodóvar version of Mary Worth.
  3. A movie that grows better by the minute.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Solid and engrossing melodrama.
  5. 70
    His Secret Life's languid pace and general aimlessness keep getting in the way.
  6. 63
    Even the graceful ending, one that lifts the film a notch, is startling. But at the very least, His Secret Life will leave you thinking.
  7. 38
    Director Ferzan Ozpetek's film doesn't break any new ground; rather, it recycles every cliché about gays in what is essentially an extended soap opera.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1