Secrets & Lies
Secrets & Lies (1997)

It is an irony of family life that much of its fabric is held together with the tenuous stitches of every day lies. When suddenly revealed, such small seemingly innocent deceits can cause tears that are difficult to repair. As with other… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 28, 1997
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

Leigh's best work yet is indisputably screen art, but it's a flesh-and-blood 'people' movie, too.

Cole Smithey

Much more than just a touching story of the ties that bind humanity and the way we reveal ourselves, "Secrets and Lies" (1996) is a staggering work of cinematic genius. It is truly a perfect film.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Leigh's film stops short of catharsis, providing the potential for the characters' rebuilding of their relationships without suggesting that such projects are simple or immediate.

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Adam Mars-Jones
Independent (UK)

Secrets and Lies is a beautifully constructed sentimental melodrama, with none of the rough edges that Mike Leigh has insisted on in the past.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's hard to argue against it being a sharply observant and deeply felt melodrama, one that is accessible, contemporary and frightingly realistic.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Secrets & Lies is littered with scenes that begin at a fever pitch before descending into a becalmed, meditative state.

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Emanuel Levy

In the hands of another director, it would have been a sentimental melodrama, a soap opera, but with nuanced writing and sharp helming, Mike Leigh mixes humor and pathos in equal measure.

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Michael Dequina

Leigh's script and direction pushes all the right emotional buttons without getting overly melodramatic.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The characters are so painfully real it's more like watching a documentary than a made-up story.

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Though I didn't like it as much as "Naked", I felt it to be an entertaining humorous family drama. Mike Leigh's execution is just amazing; I… More