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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 133 Ratings

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  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 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. Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2010
    8
    A very good detective story and love story with a nice twist at the end. Well acted and directed. The makeup bothered me a bit because it seemed a bit too much and even a bit fake, giving the actors a pasty look..
  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 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.
  4. Sep 27, 2010
    8
    A moving romantic thriller. The cast are excellent, the story well developed, and yes, the football stadium shot is brilliant. Here's hoping Hollywood leave the original well alone.
  5. Feb 25, 2012
    4
    Really not much to this movie. Critic who said it was "kiddie-pool deep" hit the mark. Seems like a made-for-TV movie, the Lifetime channel. Hard to believe it was even nominated for an Oscar.
  6. Sep 6, 2010
    9
    Wonderful. Rich, suspenseful, smart, romantic and intense. Relatable characters, great cinematography and thought-provoking twist(s). A great thriller, told in a skillful way.
  7. Jan 25, 2011
    10
    This is a splendid movie - a murder mystery, a romance, a political history and a contemplation of what comprises a meaningful life. The casting and acting are spot on, the dialogue crisp, the characters compelling, and the cinematography intelligent and appropriate. You will go to bed with it in your head and it will be there when you wake up and you will want to see it again.
  8. Sep 19, 2010
    10
    Argentinian romance crime drama The Secret in Their Eyes was released in the U.S. after winning the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Writer-director Juan Jose Campanella has crafted thoughtfulness and humanity into this masterwork.

    Graceful arcs of script are translated lovingly into story on film. Action and plot move in satisfying ways. Relationships develop fully
    and believably. The film uses no cinematic formula, and only one CSI-like murder scene. It moves from present to past to present with all the naturalness of fully realized drama.

    Soulful Ricardo Darin plays Benjamin Esposito, a retired detective now writing a novel. Benjamin once worked for Irene Menendez Hastings (Soledad Villamil), now a judge. Irene had been Benjaminâ
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  9. Sep 26, 2010
    8
    A well made crime drama, ties together a long period of time well. Not going to blow your mind. Some of the subtlety may have been lost in translation.
  10. Dec 17, 2011
    10
    What an inspired gem of a film. Fantastic acting - some of the best I have had the pleasure of watching in years. Unique plot and story with some great humour. But overall a dark drama with undertones which you can never quite see, but can certainly feel. The film starts scratching a bit deeper below the surface, and this is when it really keeps you captivated.
    I just wish more people
    would watch it and experience the clever directing of Campanella. Forget the subtitles ... I would rather "read" a great film, than watch a mediocre one any day! Expand
  11. Feb 5, 2011
    10
    The movie is beautifully written (adapted from a novel). I liked how it manages to weave the personal with the political and plenty of suspense seamlessly. Very complex in a good way. Great acting too. Apparently not as good as Jack Black's School of Rock, according to critics, ja ja.
  12. Mar 17, 2011
    10
    After watching a series of mediocre films, the next one you watch which is outstanding is even that much more special; you appreciate it more. I had the luck to watch this after a string of disappointing films. This film does not make any wrong moves. The story is tight, the acting is wonderful, the cinematography is impressive, and even though it concerns such heavy subject matter, the end doesn't leave the audience without any good feelings or something to look forward to. At first, it appears to be a standard look back at the one case the investigator could never stop thinking about; the one which got away. But the script does not let it remain an average whodunit where the audience sits through the standard motions of will they ever get the bad guy through a series of staged events. The dialogue is crisp and interesting, individual scenes are fleshed out and given weight, and even the slight twist of an ending does not disappoint or lend itself to implausibility. It is also not just a police procedural or suspense thriller; there are multiple sub-plots devoted to an unmentioned romance and plenty of reminders that Argentina was not very democratic during the 1970s. There is a political underlining beneath the characters' actions and hushed conversations which display their fear towards not just the government, but even people who may or may not be government informers.

    The Secret in Their Eyes deservedly won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It shows the audience how Argentina was during the time of the secret police and disappearances which really was not very long ago. I highly encourage everyone to take the time and enjoy this movie; it will not disappoint.
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  13. May 21, 2011
    10
    A movie so rich and emotionally grabbing, you'll still have it on your mind days later. One of the finest murder-mysteries/romances (not that there are many) to ever be committed to film. Covering guilt, regret, love and obsession, the twisting, turning narrative featuring fully fleshed-out and believable characters will engage you from the start, and it's even occasionally darkly comic! A true gem. Expand
  14. Jul 8, 2014
    9
    Catching up on Oscar-calibre films which I have yet to watch, I stumble upon this Argentinian crime-drama, a fair upsetter won BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM over more critically acclaimed THE WHITE RIBBON (2009, 8/10) and A PROPHET (2009, 9/10), in its own strength, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES is a powerful and near-perfect dissection on how people are stuck in the prison of their own memories, “you will end up with only memories” is a vital sentence imprinted deeply in audience’s mind.

    read rest of my review on my blog, google cinema omnivore, thanks
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  15. May 18, 2012
    10
    Absolutely fantastic, engrossing and surprising mystery. One of those movies that is infinitely recommendable to people, regardless of their ability to understand good films.
  16. Feb 3, 2013
    8
    "The Secret in Their Eyes" is directed by Juan José Campanella--it is a splendid multifaceted film which skillfully alternates between the present and past, as it seamlessly intertwines a murder mystery, love story, and judicial injustice. All of these elements of the story are flushed-out--creating depth, and all play a crucial part in Juan José Campanella's adaptation of Eduardo Sacheri's novel. A film that effectively juggles both affection and misery, using Benjamin's conflicted heart as a way to humanize the chilling details, while observing a man not only starved for justice, but after a woman he abandoned decades earlier.
    Benjamín (Ricardo Darín), a retired court investigator, is trying to write a novel about an old case of his that was never resolved to his satisfaction. More than two decades ago, a woman was brutally raped and murdered, and although suspects were found, the case against them was thrown out on technical grounds. However, Benjamín always suspected someone else entirely. Benjamín and his assistant Pablo Rago (Ricardo Morles), ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez was the real killer. For help, he returns to his old office and bounces his thoughts off Irene (Soledad Villamil), whom he has always loved despite never acting on those feelings. The past and the present begin to merge as pieces of the case are reinvestigated, forcing Benjamín to reflect on his past, and what could have been. But Benjamín's search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime committed 25 years ago continues to haunt him in the present. Interweaving past and present, we see how the investigation affects Benjamín, as well as Irene, over the period of decades. Stealthily weaving Esposito's relationship with Irene into the on-going murder mystery, it takes on a life of it's own--a compulsive narrative that manages to be genuinely surprising. Haunting and gracefully, the film reveals its secrets slowly. Lengthly, but engaging, wonderful storytelling, and extremely well-done. The entire cast is uniformly superb, enhancing this foreign thriller--with its intelligent, layered screenplay. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film (2010). **This was a unpredicted and surprising winner of the Oscar. It beat out two great films also in contention that year. Respectively-- "A Prophet" and "The White Ribbon."
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  17. Apr 7, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. i decided to watch this movie based on a clip of the extended tracking shot. which was wonderful, btw. i was on board with the plot until the interrogation scene. even with my unfamiliarity of argentine police procedure, i knew it was ridiculous. there was a point after the murderer is set free to be part of a death squad the story should've ended. but it went on until every thread was followed, needlessly. not a waste of time, by any means, but an oscar winner? weak. Expand
  18. Oct 17, 2013
    8
    Wonderful film Juan José Campanella has a good filmography ("Son of the Bride", "Same Love, Same Rain" or "Moon of Avellaneda" for example). But Campanella released best film in 2009 with "The Secret in Their Eyes". A beautiful story about impossible love, a mistery with solution and a difficult time in Argentine history, final political age of Isabelita Perón as national president of Argentina. If Campanella were Swedish, "The Secret in their Eyes" would be like Millennium saga films. Expand
  19. Aug 15, 2013
    10
    Una genialidad del cine de mi país, Argentina. Campanella maneja muy bien la película y la historia es realmente impresionante. Suspenso, gran guión y muy bien contada.
  20. Sep 21, 2013
    10
    A thrilling story with great twists and turns which will keep you hooked until one of the greatest movie endings I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Campanella has laced his story with twists and turns worthy of Hitchcock and the framing device of the novel (which forces the protagonist to sort out the whole thing through writing) is ingenious.
  2. 88
    Although it is structured like a thriller, and its plot dominated by Benjamin's detective work, The Secret in Their Eyes is really a cautionary tale about the consequences of a life of too much apprehension and propriety.
  3. 100
    It's powerfully and richly imagined: a genre-busting movie that successfully combines the utmost in romanticism with the utmost in realism.