Secret Window
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From writer/director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes) comes this filmed adaptation of Stephen King's novella Secret Window, Secret Garden, one of four stories in the collection Four Past Midnight. Johnny Depp stars as Mort Rainey, a recently divorced author who decides to take some time off at his cottage. Unfortunately for Rainey, John Shooter (John Turturro), an unbalanced wannabe writer, tracks him down, claiming that Rainey plagiarized his work. Also starring Maria Bello, Charles S. Dutton, and Timothy Hutton, Secret Window is the second story from Four Past Midnight to be adapted as a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Depp demonstrates once again that he never disappoints as an actor, even in something as fraudulent as Secret Window."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The plot certainly has possibilities, but far too many of them are botched by writer-director David Koepp, who's a better writer than director."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It all feels recycled and re-recycled."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This is, in short, a mystery story that has very little actual mystery."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Another lousy movie adapted from Stephen King's writing; another slander against the mentally ill; another energetic Depp performance in a losing cause."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Mixed Reviews
"The story is so basic that it makes a fine template for an exercise in style, and Koepp layers on the details with great relish."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the film lurches tiredly through the author's favorite masochistic-narcissistic fantasy, subjecting a woebegone writer to a gauntlet of abuse."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Johnny Depp is the saving grace of a sub-par, often boring mystery film with a spirited performance."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Depp's ... wonderfully frazzled portrait of seething resentment almost makes this minor thriller seem fresh."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Wait-for-video more than straight-to-video."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Has no story, no ending and no redeeming value."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"[I]t's so refreshing to see a thriller that doesn't compromise itself with a pat Hollywood ending."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Once again, Depp slouches into a piece of mainstream entertainment and takes every opportunity to amuse himself."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
" enjoyable little genre picture -- tense and stylish and full of Johnny Depp."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A solid-but-imperfect thriller."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
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