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Secret Window Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    46

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Secret Window has an ending that lets one of our most reliably interesting actors pull out all the stops. But getting there from a good beginning followed by a slow, repetitive middle is a test of resourcefulness for him and a test of patience for us.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Doesn't keep any secrets but an open one: that Johnny Depp is on a roll, and actor's block is definitely not his problem.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie telegraphs its intentions too early and relies too much on a single actor, Johnny Depp, to achieve its emotional force.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A potent psychological thriller bolstered by strong performances and an offbeat sense of humor. What renders it an unsettling cut above many thrillers is the casting of Johnny Depp in the lead.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The story is more entertaining as it rolls along than it is when it gets to the finish line. But at least King uses his imagination right up to the end, and spares us the obligatory violent showdown that a lesser storyteller would have settled for.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

It all feels recycled and re-recycled.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a great deal of tension, peril, and graphic violence, with grisly dead bodies. Characters are injured and killed. An animal is killed and a house is torched. There are sexual references and situations, including adultery. Characters smoke and drink, and there is a reference to alcohol abuse. There is some very strong language for a PG-13.

  • Families can talk about the clues that indicate what the final twist will be, including the very first scene and the scene in the bathroom. Why is it important that Morty had a past experience with a charge of plagiarism?

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme and graphic violence. Peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including adultery.

  • language false3

    Language: Some very strong language for a PG-13.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke, reference to alcohol abuse.

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