The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (c) Fox

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Sometimes you see failed films and think, well, they tried for this or that but couldn't pull it off. After seeing Ben Stiller's version of the venerable James Thurber story, I don't know what the film was trying for."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A good-natured bit of escapist fluff that relies a bit too much on whiz-bang special effects."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"Big budget films that are actually about something are so rare this one's worth checking out just for novelty value alone."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
"Of course Stiller takes many liberties with Thurber's old chestnut, but there is a sense that its theme of yearning really means something to him."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"Stiller's attempt to braid together introspection and humor kept me engaged and curious, even when I wasn't quite sure what he was setting out to do."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"It has little narrative interest and requires that the director latch onto a very specific airy tone of whimsy, lest the whole souffle collapse."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Somehow, out of a no-win situation, Stiller manages to make a likable movie that entertains and also provides a little get-out-of-the-basement inspiration."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A charmer with a good heart and a healthy dose of unrealism."
‑ Rima Sabina Aouf, Concrete Playground
"...a superior comedy/drama that's often much more profound than its marketing materials may have indicated."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be. Kind of like Walter Mitty himself."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"Mitty doodles and dawdles through the world, swept away by momentary bursts of special-effects fantasy while his life is changed by the presence of a cake made by his mother."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"It still has a good amount of heart to it, particularly from the delightful Wiig who somehow manages to create an interesting and empathetic character out of thin material."
‑ Josh Hylton, Dark Horizons
"Inspiring seize-the-day tale with some peril and flirting."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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