The Secret in Their Eyes

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Nov 19, 2015
    38
    Billy Ray unfurls the parallel time structure with the same flat, procedural monotony applied by Juan José Campanella to the original film.
  2. 38
    The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.
  3. 20
    Campanella, who overconfidently takes his time, outfits the film with ludicrous interrogation scenes, a drunken colleague who provides comic relief and redemptive tragedy, and a climactic flood of memories that plays like a trailer.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 153 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    Excellent film and thoroughly deserved it's Oscar win. Absorbing performances from all of the lead characters, beautifully written, and theExcellent film and thoroughly deserved it's Oscar win. Absorbing performances from all of the lead characters, beautifully written, and the direction and cinematography (including one long cut over a football stadium) were unbelievably accomplished for the director's first picture. The combination of so many different genres (mystery, romance etc.) would normally cause any movie made today in mainstream cinema to buckle under the weight, here however, the seamless transitions brings all emotions to the fore at one point or another. In a era of motion pictures when Hollywood seems so bereft of ideas, it appears more and more than the foreign language Oscar means a lot more in terms of invention, plot, script, acting, and passion, and never has this case be more apparent than here. Full Review »
  2. DT
    Apr 26, 2010
    10
    Excellent (a bit long)--Fantastic thriller.
  3. Sep 5, 2010
    7
    Great acting and dialogue, flashes of sheer brilliance. The problem is the first hour develops primarily in flashback and robs the mysteryGreat acting and dialogue, flashes of sheer brilliance. The problem is the first hour develops primarily in flashback and robs the mystery of immediacy. When it returns to the present, the suspense kicks in, and all the languid meandering development pays off so well you forget how annoyingly novelistic and "arty" the first half really was. Full Review »