80

Film Threat

By Eric Campos
These actors and many more make What We Do Is Secret an absolute blast to watch and they do an undeniably perfect job of recreating this notorious scene.
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75

Premiere

The aptly-named Crash is played to a tee by West; in fact, his performance was so believable that he's currently on tour with the reformed Germs as the lead singer.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Grossman does a workmanlike job with the film, but his direction and script don't really offer any great insight into Darby's tortured soul.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Ex-Germs infect biopic with punk authenticity
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63

Chicago Tribune

Like so many earlier movie biographies, Secret suffers from bathetic storytelling and dialogue, some of it laughable.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
One for the fans, even though writer-director Rodger Grossman and co-writer Michelle Baer Ghaffari labor mightily to spin it into something larger.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What's lacking is a feeling for the heat and deafening chaos of actual club shows. The movie hangs back a little, folds its arms and nods its head, rather than rushing the stage or diving into the mosh pit. The tumult is depicted, not captured.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Despite a terrific performance from Shane West, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Crash, Secret is a chronology, not a biopic.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Shane West does a pretty impressive impersonation of the on-stage antics of Darby Crash...Unfortunately, little else in this clunky, half-baked biopic rings very true.
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50

New York Post

An unsatisfying biopic.
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54 out of 100
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