Secretary Synopsis
A woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and her boss (James Spader) enjoy sadomasochism.
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Entertainment Weekly

There's a word for an actress who can go from nervous to winsome to raunchy to romantic in a heartbeat and get you to adore her the whole...
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By James Berardinelli
Has enough genuine laughs to eliminate the potential twitters and snickers, and it treats Edward and Lee as people. We end up caring about...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A film of startling humor and feeling. For that, director Steven Shainberg, who co-wrote the script with Erin Cressida Wilson, owes much to...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Lee's journey of the body and soul is something else. Maggie Gyllenhaal makes it strangely touching, a revelation.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Pulls off a neat trick: It's a poignant, sweet-natured love story in which what most of us would call kinky sex - domination, submission,...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The daring, funny and quirkily erotic Secretary examines power exchanges between consenting adults in a way that other movies have not...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Love hurts in Secretary -- but not too much. It's not impossible to imagine adventurous young couples seeing this movie and rushing home to...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even without the surprise of seeing Spader going for laughs and getting them, Secretary is just too original to be ignored.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Approaches the tricky subject of sadomasochism with a stealthy tread, avoiding the dangers of making it either too offensive, or too funny.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It provokes nothing but yawns, and the sex it explores is stuff everybody knows about and says, "So what?"
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Rated R | For Some Nudity, Language, Behavioral Disorders and Strong Sexuality