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: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 51% 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

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.

Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

Although Stiller has acted in far-out films like Zoolander before, this one gives viewers another side to this actor - one who can handle such ambitious films with ease.

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Dana Stevens

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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Sarah Marrs

There's a nice, chill, un-cynical sweetness to Mitty, that, after a bunch of heavy prestige pics, was welcome.

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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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Heather Dockray

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty can sometimes feel like listening to a high-school slam poet read from his latest diary entry: it's all-too earnest and over-the-top heartfelt. You can't help but smile and look away.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhćes
A very pleasant movie that finds a nice balance between sincere drama and unexpected humor, even though it seems to have "for the masses" written all… More
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.
familiar stranger
Walter-ish stuff!! More or less watchable. More than less avoidable.
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.