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Parents' Guide to

In Secret

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Passionate period drama deals with infidelity, murder.

Movie R 2014 102 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Love it!

I love this film! Its very dramatic and made me cry at some point in the film (which in my case, is good). My love of tom felton also contributes to my love of this film. Although, it does have some sexual parts in it, and people may have to be mature to watch this.

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Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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While teens might enjoy the doomed lovers storyline, the mix of sexuality and violence is too edgy for most. In Secret is a literary classic that gets bodice-ripper treatment here, a story of passion that at times begins to feel like a fascinating examination of guilt and conscience, but is undermined by a Harlequin romance vibe. Despite a bleak and dreary tableau, which fits the storyline, the film's gorgeous to look at; scenes look painterly, like works of art that deserve to be hung in a museum.

The acting's superb, too, though the mostly excellent Lange sometimes tips over into Gothic-horror-story caricature. Still, Isaac and Olsen share little chemistry, making it tough to buy into the stakes raised by their illicit coupling. A movie that could've brought Zola's words to life ends up failing to summon its urgency and depth.

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