The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
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The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)
Benjamin Esposito has spent his entire working life as a criminal court employee. Recently retired, and with time on his hands, he decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need to. He can draw on his own past as a civil servant for a true, moving and tragic story in which he was once very directly involved. In 1974 his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman. -- (C) Sony Classics

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a film of enormous pretension and not enough reward."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Campanella approaches the material with a classic hand -- no quick cuts, special effects or gimmicks here. This is a flesh-and-blood movie, and both Darin and Villamil bring earthy presence to the story."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"... what might have been just a two-hour episode of Law and Order: Argentina is instead a rich, literary tapestry. ... I wish this could become a franchise."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"The story's political subtext ... provides a constant undertow of fear and menace to the hero's investigation."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Tightly structured, visually conscious, well-acted mystery and love story."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Romantic obsession at its two extremes is explored with sympathy and intelligence in the thriller The Secret in Their Eyes..."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The entire film is stocked with images that reflect a character and story in flux."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"This complex and involving Argentinean crime drama, with strong moral overtones, won the Best Foreign Language Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Secret in Their Eyes ... is an enjoyable procedural in its own right. Campanella's film is the Argentine equivalent of Gone Baby Gone, with a touch of Atonement thrown in for good measure."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A superior procedural."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"Although it has some memorably disquieting scenes, this story of long-delayed justice is sustained by its melancholy more than its thrills."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Though the story occasionally seems a little too convenient to be true, it doesn't matter a whit, as the filmmaking is so skilled."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"There are some "Are we there yet?" stretches as the film plays out toward the unexpected ending, but the final destination is worth the total travel time."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"It's a handsome production with a story rooted in the nasty past of political fascism, which may explain why it won, because it sure isn't subtle or dramatically challenging."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Darín's central performance is a consummate lesson in minimalist acting, deftly bypassing the tropes of the clichéd romantic lead and the crusading good guy."
‑ , Sight and Sound
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