90

The Hollywood Reporter

A riveting Argentine thriller spiked with witty dialogue and poignant love stories.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Secret in Their Eyes has a decent shot at wearing down resistance to subtitled films. Don't be put off. This spellbinder from Argentina will sneak up and floor you. It's that good.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Secret in Their Eyes is that rare police procedural that engages emotions as well as intellect.
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
The Secret in Their Eyes finds secrets everywhere -- even in what's driving Ben and Irene as they separately examine the decisions they made back in the 1970s. For both of them, as for their country, accurate remembrance of that period is crucial.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A drama that transcends cleverness. This beautiful film, directed with subtlety and grace by Juan José Campanella, really is about moving from fear to love.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This macabre-yet-moving Argentinian drama from director Juan Jose Campanella is nuanced and full of intelligence and emotion; just when you think you have a bead on it, it gently swerves into richer places.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Although The Secret in Their Eyes has neither the power, the artistry, nor the electric energy of its fellow Oscar nominee, France's "A Prophet," the Argentine film nonetheless engages with style, suspense, and seriousness of intent. Criminal intent and otherwise.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
At times you may be moved as by no other foreign film this year - and then 10 minutes later be leaning forward in the seat just to stay awake.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The performances are tender, the script elegant, the cinematography (especially during a virtuoso chase scene in a soccer stadium) artful.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.