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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Adventure . Comedy . Drama . Fantasy

A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Actors: Ben Stiller , Kristen Wiig , Patton Oswalt , Shirley MacLaine , Adam Scott , Kathryn Hahn , Sean Penn , Terence Bernie Hines , Gurdeep Singh , Alex Anfanger , Jon Daly
Directors: Ben Stiller
Release: 2013-12-25
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  • Joe Neumaier

    The story Stiller tells manages to float in a most peculiar, satisfying way.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Stiller balances his big ambitions with small, grounded truths.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • 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 with it and it is, in all senses, wonderful.

    Empire Full Review
  • 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 good bits as soon as it’s finished. But it’s still a lot better than real life.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    In his uniquely funny and unexpectedly tender movie, Stiller takes us on a personal journey of lingering resonance.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    The quest ends in a surprise Capra-esque resolution, which both satisfies and cloys.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The momentum Stiller has built up - his character's globe-trotting derring-do, the care and consideration on display in his directing - carries the movie a long way. Falling short of fantastic, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is still a fantasy to enjoy.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • 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 Oddity at a karaoke bar. Penn only gets one scene, but it’s a great one, and it reminds you how funny of an actor he can be.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • 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.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Mitty is a lovely romantic comedy — the portrait of a man, nearly swallowed by the gulf between the world his lives in and the world he dreams of, who manages to bridge the two and to find Ms. Right in the workplace he cherishes.

    Time Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    In the end, Walter Mitty is a film about acting out our dreams. But Stiller never quite shows us the soul of his dreamer.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • 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 never would in real life.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Tom Shone

    It's too airless, too perfect, a dream of connection with humanity that flees contact with actual people.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • David Rooney

    Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Cloying at times – but always good-natured.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Rather than channeling James Thurber’s satirical tone, Stiller plays it mostly earnest, spinning what feels like a feature-length “Just Do It” ad.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Abandoning its more original elements, the movie opts for a banal carpe diem conceit that turns Mitty into a globetrotting bystander.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Exquisitely produced, immaculately acted, and thoroughly uninvolving, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a perfect nothing of a movie.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Impressive landscapes, plus Kristen Wiig's appealing Cheryl, the fellow worker who inflames Walter's passion, make the movie enjoyable enough. Yet its style is a constant bafflement.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Let me be frank: to use the words of the august founder of this website, I hated, hated, hated this movie. Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The movie is beautifully shot, and some of the scenes have a real exuberance, but it's also a blatantly manipulative piece of smarm.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The film has a persistent and careful sheen. It looks good. It is, in fact, preoccupied with looking good. If this sounds like faint praise, I'm afraid it is.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The unevenness of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Stiller’s recessive characterization of the title character, keep it from being an all-out crowd-pleaser.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Though it is a celebration of modesty, there is also quite a lot of vanity in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • 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 movie by focus group, struggling to find a place between genuinely creative fantasy and audience-pleasing payoff moments.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty just doesn’t work.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    By trying to combine fantasy and romance with goofy humor, globe-trotting adventure and feel-good inspiration, Stiller has made Mitty a mixed bag of clashing tones and facile redemption.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The triumphs feel engineered, and the realizations overheated. Seldom has a globe-spanning, soul-plumbing search for what really matters looked so inconsequential.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a very pretty production – pretty colors, pretty scenery, pretty bromides – and a busy one, too, which helps distract us from the sad fact that the movie is generous and humane but not all that interesting.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The result may be the oddest film of the season. It boasts an array of sublime backdrops and a yearning score, but the climate of feeling is anxious and inward, encapsulated in Stiller’s darting gaze, and the movie itself keeps glancing backward, at the lost and the obsolete.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Shows none of the edgy storytelling looniness present in Stiller's finest work. Instead, every element seems calculated to service an easygoing commercial product that plays up the sentimentality of the scenario while rendering it inoffensively bland.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Palpably well-intentioned, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is nevertheless phony to the core. Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Part escapist action-adventure, part would-be exhilarating quest of self-discovery, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty isn’t so much a mess because it wants to be everything at once, but because it employs hackneyed and mawkish methods to achieve a false sense of joyfulness.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    You’re going to find it all either enormously empowering or deeply calculated: an Arcade Fire–scored TV commercial for instant spirituality.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    A run-of-the-mill movie hero.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The story of a guy who never goes anywhere or does anything. Until he goes everywhere and does everything, but he might as well have stayed home.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Ben Stiller's aesthetics blend overly manicured imagery with soaring rock songs that underline every emotion, lest the film's corporate logo-driven message-making didn't get the point across clearly enough.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    If, while watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you start wondering why Ben Stiller is acting strange, the answer comes during the closing credits: "Directed by Ben Stiller."

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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