Secret Beyond the Door
Secret Beyond the Door (1949)

Even star Joan Bennett and director Fritz Lang regarded The Secret Beyond the Door as the weakest of their collaborative efforts. Bennett plays spoiled socialite Celia, who falls recklessly in love with the handsome but emotionally complex… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 22, 2006
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54%
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57%


Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Probably the most psychoanalytically oriented of his features, and because it's Lang, the murkiness is mainly a strength.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

[Lang's] direction is masterly, imposing meanings and tensions through images that are spare, resonant and astonishingly beautiful. A remarkable film.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Borrowing a plot from the Bluebeard legend, and chucking in a load of sub-Freudian hokum, Fritz Lang nonetheless makes a class act of this Gothic psycho-thriller.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Lang is still a director who knows how to turn the obvious, such as locked doors and silent chambers and roving spotlights, into strangely tingling stuff.

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Allen Eyles
Radio Times

The result is heavy going and pretentious.

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Jake Hamilton
Empire Magazine

Sloppy effort from Lang late in his career.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Mental complexities of the principals makes it sometimes hard to sort out the various motivations used to spin the tale.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The most successful aspect of the production is the cinematography, which creates a shadowy world of false appearances, hidden meanings, and elusive truths.

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Film4

Suspicion this is not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
definitely the weakest of the lang/bennett films but the very weird plot makes it worth watching. however the ending is a total copout
Robert C
Considering the year it was made, it is quite a perverse film. Some great visuals and a very interesting (if not overly complex) premise. Part of both… More
Michael Gildea
From a story standpoint, Secret Beyond the Door is nothing special. Actually, its pretty damn dull. It's the story of an impetuous marriage where the woman… More