Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Dec 25, 2013
    A run-of-the-mill movie hero.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 19, 2013
    The story of a guy who never goes anywhere or does anything. Until he goes everywhere and does everything, but he might as well have stayed home.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 6, 2013
    Ben Stiller's aesthetics blend overly manicured imagery with soaring rock songs that underline every emotion, lest the film's corporate logo-driven message-making didn't get the point across clearly enough.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 25, 2013
    If, while watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you start wondering why Ben Stiller is acting strange, the answer comes during the closing credits: "Directed by Ben Stiller."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 388 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 102
  2. Negative: 6 out of 102
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    I can't believe this movie has a metascore of 54. This is one of the best movies of the year. I know this site bases the score on a wide range of reviews, but when they get it this wrong I question the value of coming here. Full Review »
  2. Dec 25, 2013
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a sweet and well-meaning movie whose intent is to inspire and uplift its audience, but it approaches its message with all the subtlety of a sugar rush. It has many entertaining and endearing moments even if it never quite comes together as a fully satisfying whole. Most of its problems are on paper where no gloriously shot vista or Arcade Fire music cue can help. Still, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty's a decent escape from your daily routine. It's just not a great escape. Ben Stiller directs and stars in the heartfelt, but superficial fantasy-dramedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which wants to say big things about life but never fully delivers on all its promise. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2013
    I usually respect critics' opinions, but I just don't know what they were thinking when they gave bad reviews to this amazing movie.

    GORGEOUS cinematography, superb directing. Possibly Stiller's best performance ever. My favorite movie of the year so far. Don't see how anybody couldn't fall in love with it.
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