His Secret Life
His Secret Life (2001)

While going through her husband's belongings after he dies in a horrible accident, Antonia (Margherita Buy) makes the startling discovery that he had for years been carrying on an extramarital affair -- with a man. Shocked, angered, and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 20, 2001
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well-acted soap opera.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It's a soapy, simplistic, but surprisingly affecting ambisexual melodrama that plays a little like Pedro Almodovar without the surreal frills.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Though intrepid in exploring an attraction that crosses sexual identity, Ozpetek falls short in showing us Antonia's true emotions ... But at the very least, His Secret Life will leave you thinking.

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Jamie Russell

Ozpetek offers an AIDS subtext, skims over the realities of gay sex, and presents yet another tired old vision of the gay community as an all-inclusive world where uptight, middle class bores like Antonia can feel good about themselves.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a lovely film with lovely performances by Buy and Accorsi.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A movie that grows better by the minute.

Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

At once overly old-fashioned in its sudsy plotting and heavy-handed in its effort to modernize it with encomia to diversity and tolerance.

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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News

A warm but realistic meditation on friendship, family and affection.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Full of profound, real-life moments that anyone can relate to, it deserves a wide audience.

David Ehrenstein
New Times

Ozpetek joins the ranks of those gay filmmakers who have used the emigre experience to explore same-sex culture in ways that elude the more nationally settled.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Well..here's a movie that I totally did not plan on liking, but I did. Kind of alot. I instantly empathized with the wife, who was unaware of her… More
jay nixon
Good performances and an interesting story are hampered somewhat from choppy continutity