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Based on Émile Zola's scandalous novel, Thérèse Raquin, IN SECRET is a tale of obsessive love, adultery and revenge set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris. Therese (Elizabeth Olsen of "Martha Marcy May Marlene"), a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton of the "Harry Potter" franchise), by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange). Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominos with an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"It's most remarkable as a pairing of two inspired actresses with four decades separating them: 25-year-old Elizabeth Olsen, the bewitching star of Martha Marcy May Marlene, and 64-year-old Jessica Lange."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"An effective period piece thriller that incorporates love, lust, desperation, and madness into a stew thickened by a gothic atmosphere."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Olsen is one of Hollywood's best young actresses. There is nothing she can't do. In the long run, it's the men who'll wish they'd done more to support her suffocating sense of loneliness here."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Lange at least has an angle on her character; the rest of the cast simply hit their marks and spout dialogue like robots, delivering lines which should evoke erotic fervour, but are exchanged without urgency, conviction or belief."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"It's a difficult mix for a directorial debut and, whilst Charlie Stratton seems aware of all the strands, it fails to truly convey Thérèse's sense of being trapped."
‑ Aine O'Connor, Irish Independent
"For those who want sweeping, "In Secret" offers all the essentials - unbridled passion, deceit, fate so unkind, a classically creepy mother and grand tragedy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Olsen and Isaac never really create the kind of amour fou that a story like this depends on, let alone the self-loathing guilt that their crime is supposed to engender."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The film's most striking performance comes from Jessica Lange, evoking both distaste and sympathy as the heroine's overbearing mother-in-law."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Notable largely for the anguished, nuanced performance of Jessica Lange ..."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Perhaps the story lends itself rather more to a TV serial, giving Therese time to suffer in her oppressive marriage before embarking on a reckless and ultimately doomed affair."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"Despite its able cast and handsome period costumes, In Secret is, in fact, quite awful."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[A] wicked, The Postman Always Rings Twice-style riff on the 19th-century bodice ripper Thérèse Raquin."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"No knocks to Emile Zola -- who wrote the 1867 French novel which serves as In Secret's source material -- but the story is stretched excruciatingly thin in this adaptation."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"The problem is that audiences are likely to become as fed up with the murderous lovers (Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen) as they become with each other."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"It's hard to make a dull version of Thérèse Raquin but they seem to have managed it with In Secret, a dreary, uninspired adaptation of the Emile Zola classic."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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