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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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"A leaden adaptation of Zola's 19th century story of guilt and betrayal"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Spellbinding, intelligent and suspenseful. Jessica Lange, one of the greatest actresses of our time, delivers a mesmerizing, magnificent performance."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"What is meant to be a shocking mash up of passion, murder and longing is transformed into a heavy dose of Sominex."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"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
"It's visually striking but never subtle about its melodramatic intentions, offering a formulaic story of betrayal and revenge with shallow characters that generally lack emotional and moral complexity."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"'Love Means Breaking All the Rules' is the misleading slogan on one promotional graphic. In this case, the hijinks defined as 'breaking all the rules' include adultery, murder and the excess drinking of absinthe"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's slow moving and can even be characterized as boring in parts, but it did keep my interest enough to finish it."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"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
"Passionate period drama deals with infidelity, murder."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"Not romantic enough, not nearly sexy enough, and not thrilling enough to be considered a thriller, In Secret is easy on the eyes but does little for the heart."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
"Give Stratton and his cast points for effort, but sadly, In Secret lacks the passion to haunt us as much as the main character remains haunted by her own fears and desires."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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