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Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Leigh goes right to the core of his character's lives and mines the place where we're weakest, most alone and sometimes the cruelest. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It moves us on a human level, it keeps us guessing during scenes as unpredictable as life, and it shows us how ordinary people have a chance of somehow coping with their problems, which are rather ordinary, too. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Leigh is an artist not at all blind to the world's darkness and pain. But the generosity and togetherness he and his company show in Secrets and Lies is something the movies -- and the world -- truly need. [25 October 1996, Friday, p.A] show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying. show more

  • 88
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    Leigh has a gift for demonstrating character from the outside in. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion. show more

  • 90
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    The ride is remarkable. show more

  • 90
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    A radiant, heartbreaking film. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Secrets & Lies, despite my dwelling on its problems, is a really solid and enjoyable movie. It's just not what I would call "best of the fest." show more

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