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Every Secret Thing

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Overly complex kidnapping drama has disturbing scenes.

Movie R 2015 93 minutes
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Moody and complicated, the movie jumps back and forth between two time periods, centering on mostly unlikable characters involved in heinous acts. Two children go missing; one dies, and while we're not certain about the fate of the other, it doesn't look good. Some of these scenes might be unpleasant to watch -- and even more difficult to stomach is Diane Lane as the narcissistic, manipulative mother of one of the 11-year-old girls. No, she's not involved in the crimes, but its easy to see how she raised a child who would be.

EVERY SECRET THING is competently made, and it does a good job of establishing a grim mood. But it ultimately falls flat because it fails to get viewers to root for anyone. Banks' detective is thinly drawn, and some of her best police work seems to stem from lucky hunches. The teenage girls are bitter and broken, and they make every scene they're in dour and disturbing. The movie can take you to dark places, and not because it's so transportive, but because it has few other moods that contour it.

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