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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
"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
"Olson and Isaac are hot but what have you done to the story, Stratton?"
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"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
"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]
"The poison slips down easily enough, but it's diet cola when set against 2009's Korean vampire movie Thirst, still this book's most potent screen translation."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"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
"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
"If O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe collaborated on a love story, it might look something like this juicy bit of ironic gothic romance."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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