The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It doesn't lack for ambition, but The Secret Life of Walter Mitty fails to back up its grand designs with enough substance to anchor the spectacle.

Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

This is one of the more disappointing efforts of the holiday movie season.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

While the original Mitty was a heartbreakingly sad figure, this Mitty is a weak parable for living life to the fullest (or something like that.)

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Dana Stevens
Slate

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It has little narrative interest and requires that the director latch onto a very specific airy tone of whimsy, lest the whole souffle collapse.

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Mark Hughes
Forbes

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty provides fun and laughs, but also meaningful thoughts on life and how we choose to live it, along with a touching lead performance you'll want to root for.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Stiller's sensibility creates a movie that's smarter than you think it will be. Kind of like Walter Mitty himself.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller's most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying.

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Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com

Steve Conrad's script is a jumbled farce, misfiring on comedic executions and inserting beats that have no real relevance to the story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Walter-ish stuff!! More or less watchable. More than less avoidable.
Kase Vollebregt
A feel-good film full of charm and joy. The narrative may not have much to offer, but your chest warms as the credits begin to roll.
Anthony Lawrie
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the Fifth film Ben Stiller has directed and is by far his best to date. His version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a… More
Clintus Maximus
Stiller's Walter Mitty isn't so much about escapist daydreaming as it is an underdog fable about following your dream and nice guys finally finishing… More
Alex roy
Enjoyable drama comedy, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a well crafted film, that I felt was well acted and paced and Ben Stiller was terrific here, and he… More
Flutie Archibald
Solid story and beautifully shot. Aside from a couple nitpicks, overall I thought it was great! Love the ending.