What We Do Is Secret
What We Do Is Secret (2007)

The true-life story of Darby Crash, who became a Los Angeles punk icon before taking his own life in 1980, provides the background for this gritty musical biopic. Not long after getting kicked out of an experimental high school in Los… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its dynamic subject and reckless anti-glamor, this biopic about the legendary punk rocker Darby Crash fails to translate the excitement its subject generated.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

While What We Do Is Secret may not be remembered for much more than West's performance, it's an impersonation worth saluting.

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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

First-time writer-director Rodger Grossman bangs out a visceral, energized biopic that captures the vibrant idiocy of punked-out youth and a tortured soul gaining his wish of cult status.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Long live the baby monsters.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

Some of the supporting performances, like those of Phillips and Gonzalez, are very strong, but it's West who lifts the entire film to a whole other level.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

A labor of love for writer-director Rodger Grossman, this entertaining if superficial biopic chronicles the rise and fall of LA punk pioneers the Germs.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

A docudrama with the production qualities of a made-for-MTV movie about a band that recorded one album and never finished a gig and whose lead singer was a fascist poseur.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Despite a terrific performance from Shane West, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Crash, Secret is a chronology, not a biopic.

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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times

Where What We Do Is Secret succeeds is in the performances which (and this a compliment, I think) sometimes expose a stilted, amateurish strain that's oddly in tune with the characters' D.I.Y. aesthetic.

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Stan Hall
Oregonian

In sure hands, What We Do Is Secret could have been a fine rock'n'roll biopic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Lovable Misanthrope
For someone who's never even heard of The Germs, I thought it was fairly good.