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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Even if a certain glibness in the plotting deflates its impact somewhat at the finish, it remains an eerie, playful thriller and an all-around entertaining time at the movies. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Bloody, bone-chilling fun. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's a slight story to begin with, and the movie teeters on camp with its jokey filler material -- the typical King stuff including colorful locals, small puns and asides and a faint whiff of the supernatural. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Depp gives a smart, subtle performance, and Turturro is terrific as a foe who's both exactly what he seems and exactly the opposite. Koepp's makes his (literally) corny tricks seemfresh and surprising. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    A jokey, junky potboiler. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's a taught, entertaining motion picture that serves its purpose. show more

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