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Secret in Their Eyes

Crime . Drama . Mystery

A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor , Nicole Kidman , Julia Roberts , Dean Norris , Lyndon Smith , Michael Kelly , Mark Famiglietti , Zoe Graham , Don Harvey , Ross Partridge
Directors: Billy Ray
Release: 2015-10-14
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  • Richard Roeper

    What DOESN’T get lost in translation is what made “El Secreto De Sus Ojos” so effective: the visceral, devastating empathy we feel when a horrible injustice is committed and it ruins multiple lives; the haunted looks in the eyes of a trio of characters who will never be able to shake off the events of long ago; the lush and lurid film noir touches; and the air of melancholy hanging heavy over a pursuit of justice because we know there’s no such thing as true justice, not in these circumstances.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    At times the movie feels like two Very Special Episodes of "Law & Order: SVU" stitched together, but on balance it's a smart, well-cast piece of grown-up entertainment.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    It’s a solid genre outing with unsettling topical resonance.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Roberts brings an acrid sense of bitterness and sorrow to this exceedingly sharp-witted sleuth, registering the cruel passage of time and the toll of unspeakable tragedy in every careworn feature and vocal quaver.... it’s a skillful and humane turn from an actress whose darkly penetrating gaze comes closest to fulfilling the mystery of the title.

    Variety Full Review
  • Leah Greenblatt

    In Ray’s hands, it’s essentially a grim procedural with too many moments of untapped potential and a moderately shocking twist. Save his version for a rainy day or a long airplane ride; or better yet, go rent the original.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The story lacks the same intensity of the original. Not that everyone will have seen the first one. Those who have will almost certainly find the new version lacking. Those who haven’t will find a solid mystery, nothing more. Given the cast, that’s a letdown.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Yet nothing short of overhauling the material into something genuinely fresh could make Ray’s Secret feel essential. Tweaks aside, it remains, by in large, the same movie — which is to say, fundamentally redundant.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Secret in Their Eyes is notable for its top-tier cast - Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor are the leads - and for its utter lack of credulity and good sense.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    As screenwriter, Billy Ray's adapting the original's Argentina-centric trappings to a tense post-9/11 milieu is smart, but as director his style is hardly atmospheric.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    What’s ironic — and frustrating — is how precipitously the movie itself eventually goes tumbling down the intelligence scale. In the process, Chiwetel Ejiofor is wasted, along with some potent moments from costars Roberts and Nicole Kidman.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    It’s a promising premise fit for a thorny inquiry into personal and institutional priorities, and yet no sooner has Secret In Their Eyes laid its story’s groundwork than it goes off the rails

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    “Secret” contains a passel of interesting ideas and effective scenes that don’t add up to an interesting whole.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Writer-director Billy Ray's Americanized redux isn't a disaster, exactly; it keeps its head down and does its job. But nothing quite gels, or clicks, or makes itself at home in its adopted setting.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Julia Roberts is the only central character whose appearance is drastically different in the two time periods, and it remains to be seen if the pretty woman with the million-dollar smile will be accepted as a character bearing a pinched face and dead eyes or whether it will seem like stunt casting despite a solid performance.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Perhaps some of the same flaws lay beneath the surface of the original film, but the distraction of subtitles helped hide them. Here, they’re gaping holes knock “Secret” off the tracks long before it’s far-fetched twist ending.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    While the original movie persuaded us that the military dictatorship in 1970s Argentina could inspire jaw-dropping behavior, its equivalent here feels extremely bogus.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, one of our top-tier film actors right now, is on good form throughout, and the others act their hearts out, too. But they are somewhat left out to dry in a production that feels more like syndicated television than a feature film.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Alongside a sharp supporting cast that includes Dean Norris and Michael Kelly, Secret’s leads do what they can and never embarrass themselves. But the film’s so disposable, it vanishes right in front of your eyes.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This version, flatly directed and risibly written by Billy Ray, is saddled with endless coincidences, questionably motivated characters and an utterly laughable climax.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Americanized version is miscast, misguided and misbegotten.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Although a surprising number of plot machinations from the original film remain fully intact, usually accounting for anything that seems remotely clever, what is missing is the type of hold-your-breath tension provided by good thrillers. Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    Billy Ray unfurls the parallel time structure with the same flat, procedural monotony applied by Juan José Campanella to the original film.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    As the movie wears on, the plot points become increasingly far-fetched, and what started out as a moody if by-the-book thriller becomes increasingly silly. All the while, Roberts gives her all.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Sad to say: There is far more crackle in an average episode of “Law & Order.”

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The original was a thriller. This one is a yawn a minute.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The central mystery has been drastically altered to fit Julia Roberts, its most telling clue diluted, and a signature sequence that made soccer exciting now makes baseball duller.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
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