A Secret Synopsis
A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A complicated family story that takes place in three distinct time periods, and that's handled with astonishing ease and fluidity by...
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A gripping mystery and an ever-timely reminder of the terrible power of repression and silence.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
A clanking, old-fashioned period drama infused with almost unbearable grief, Claude Miller's film A Secret has an enormous significance in...
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80

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Nearly every melodramatic impulse has been suppressed in favor of a calm precision that serves both to intensify and delay the emotional...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The acting is exceptional. If parts of A Secret veer toward soap opera, the ensemble work reduces the suds to a minimum.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The filmmaker's decision to shoot the past in color and the present in murky black and white is an inspired visual translation of...
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70

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Claude Miller's ravishingly shot drama A Secret gives up its titular mystery early, so it may seem odd to speak of the suspense it...
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60

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Beautifully acted and exquisitely photographed, director Claude Miller's superb drama, from Philippe Grimbert's autobiographical novel, is...
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The fractured timeline covers five decades, which Miller weaves together, with the past shot in color and the present in black and white....
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A structural mess that turns contrived just when it should be hitting home.
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Rated NR