The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Synopsis
A man (Ben Stiller) escapes his monotonous life by inhabiting a world of exciting daydreams.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The story Stiller tells manages to float in a most peculiar, satisfying way.
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Total Film

By Paul Bradshaw
Like most daydreams, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty is funny, sad, weird and corny all at once – and you’ll probably only remember the...
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By Olly Richards
As a director, this feels like Stiller’s moment. Mitty is a film that bravely rejects cynicism. In many ways, it’s the new Forrest Gump. Go...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Shirley MacLaine pops up as Walter’s ever-forgiving mother, and Wigg kills in an elevating sequence in which she sings David Bowie’s Space...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s a charming, whimsical and ever-so-slight film, a bit of an over-reach but pleasant enough, even when it falls short.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The momentum Stiller has built up - his character's globe-trotting derring-do, the care and consideration on display in his directing -...
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By James Berardinelli
The most enjoyable parts of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty are his fantasies, such as one in which he stands up to his boss in a way he...
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By Peter Debruge
Rather than channeling James Thurber’s satirical tone, Stiller plays it mostly earnest, spinning what feels like a feature-length “Just Do...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
By trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is an ambitious and sometimes effective but wildly uneven adventure that plays like one extended ego trip for Stiller. It feels like a...
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Really good

By drewhill276
This movie was great. It was different and you can kind of relate. and the number 25 gave a little hope. I would tell everyone to see it. hope you enjoy it as much as i did....

Excellent feel good movie

By hparkin
This was a very inspiring movie about getting out there and experiencing life and living it to the fullest. Good for the whole family, must see....

One big Commercial

By scottmcnamara1799
I wanted to love this movie. The premise, the idea is brilliant. The cinematography is amazing. Even Stiller's acting is on par with some of his best. But that's it. I remember when...

Not to be categorized as ordinary.

This is a fine film, that, like it's main character does not fit into any particular genre or style. It would appeal mostly to the middle class working adult - probably boring for kids. It is pure...

Best Version Yet! Will Make You Want to Live Your Dreams

By LizBennettWanttoBe
I read the short story when I was in college and saw the 1940s or 50s version of this. I didn't think much of either. As an adult, though, this is a great retelling of the original short story. If...

SOOOO BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By MovieMagic888
I was so excited about this movie. Dying to see it. I've lived this dream. I was in the corporate world working as a aerospace designer. Then became a travel photographer even for National...

I'm Concerned...

By glen2813
...About people who were critical of this movie. I feel like it's reflective of some greater societal issue that people didn't think that this is a wonderful movie that is packed with vital life...

Uneventfully Satisfying

By scott151
Being in my early 40's, I was able to identify with Walter Mitty: Keep your head down, do your job, be responsible to your family's needs, and don't act out on your dreams. For many of us I presume,...

WE loved it...saw on Christmas day choice we could make

By pennypit
This movie is so much fun...lots of laughs and some poignant moments, too. The cinematography is fantastic! They went to Iceland and Afghanistan and filmed such gorgeous places...but did it ways that...

"Walter Mitty" head and shoulders above most of the December movie fare

By genebass
The movie was first rate from the first scene on. Ben Stiller was perfectly cast, and the transitions from "reality" into "fantasy" were done flawlessly. There is really nothing negative that I can...

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Rated PG | For Language, Action/Violence and Some Crude Comments
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Inspiring seize-the-day tale with some peril and flirting.
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