Secretary (2002)

Sadomasochism provides the backdrop for a very unusual employer/employee relationship in this very offbeat romantic drama from filmmaker Steven Shainberg. Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a shy young woman, who, after a brief spell in a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 20, 2002
DVD Release Date: April 1, 2003
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Maggie Gyllenhaal impresses in this romantic comedy with a kinky twist.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The cast comes through even when the movie doesn't.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Self-serious and ultimately pedestrian satire.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... Secretary shows how one woman stopped at nothing to get her love. But I'm still scratching my head at the whole thing.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Despite its flaws, Secretary stays in your head and makes you question your own firmly held positions.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I don't know about you, but I found all these outrageously romantic maneuvers both funny and endearing.

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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

[Secretary] manages the impossible trifecta of being simultaneously funny, sympathetic, and really, really hot.

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Richard Leiby
Washington Post

A picture with heart. You shouldn't leave feeling soiled or bruised. Just touched.

Mike Clark
USA Today

Secretary is just too original to be ignored.

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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

This is a film that is in on the joke but doesn't make light of its subject matter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
"To thine own self be true," or so the saying goes but that's not always such an easy thing to do, society being society. Finding yourself, and… More
Dean King
Quite a strange quirky film with a mix of drama and comedy. It won't be for everyone's taste but it does have some funny and weird moments in equal… More
Carlos Magalh„es
What makes this film stand out as a truly adorable romance is the surprising way that it tackles the spicy kinkiness of its subject as a means for two people to… More
Jens S.
You can't praise this very unusual movie about an odd employer/employee relationship enough for blowing the dust off the general images of what love and… More
Spencer S.
Based on a short story, written by Mary Gaitskill, "Secretary" tells the story of a mousy young woman who wants to change her life after a lifetime of… More
Lady D'arbanville
A progressive story from self harm to S&M, quite a strange view on the subject and the style in which it presents itself and yet something makes this film… More

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