• Released
  • September 28, 1996
  • R
  • Drama
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Leigh goes right to the core of his character's lives and mines the place where we're weakest, most alone and sometimes the cruelest.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Leigh is an artist not at all blind to the world's darkness and pain. But the generosity and togetherness he and his company show in Secrets and Lies is something the movies -- and the world -- truly need. [25 October 1996, Friday, p.A]
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It moves us on a human level, it keeps us guessing during scenes as unpredictable as life, and it shows us how ordinary people have a chance of somehow coping with their problems, which are rather ordinary, too.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
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90

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
A radiant, heartbreaking film.
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90

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
The ride is remarkable.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
Leigh has a gift for demonstrating character from the outside in.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A crowd-pleaser, all right, but, for all its appeal, a naggingly sanctimonious one.
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91 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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