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Parents' Guide to

Secret Window

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

It all feels recycled and re-recycled.

Movie PG-13 2004 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+

I've been watching this movie since I was 5.

I'm now 17 but when I was 5 I really loved this movie. It may be too violent for some. That's why I said 8+
age 16+

Scary film

I enjoyed it, I like many thrillers that Johnny Depp is in. I don't think it is suitable for my children however, not until they are much, much older (they are 12). There is far too much violence.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (15 ):

There are a couple of tingly reveals and creepy fake-outs, but overall it's just too familiar. It all feels recycled and re-recycled. Depp is always watchable and he seems to be enjoying Morty's long solo scenes as a sort of on-camera acting exercise. John Shooter tells Morty that his story needs a better ending. So does this movie.

We know what scares Stephen King: That most prolific of writers is still terrified by an empty computer screen, or, even worse, a screen with writing that is irreparably bad. And that author whose imagination has kept millions of happily terrified readers up all night is still scared of losing control of that imagination or having it disappear completely. That's what Secret Window brings to mind.

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