The Secret Scripture
The Secret Scripture (2017)

A psychiatrist (Eric Bana) examines Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave), an elderly Irishwoman living in a mental institution, and learns more about her past in the process. Rooney Mara plays McNulty as a young woman, in flashbacks that… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 13, 2017
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Secret Scripture has acclaimed source material and a well-chosen cast in its corner, but despite its stars' valiant efforts, this adaptation was better left on the page.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Goes from a fairly forgettable romantic drama into a full-tilt fiasco.

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Todd Jorgenson

As the mystery unfolds, the film gradually strains credibility and becomes more formulaic in structure.

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Josh Slater-Williams
Little White Lies

Its lack of nuance and persistent plotting issues frequently undermine much of the potential emotional heft.

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Sam Fragoso

Disjointed and disinterested in entertaining any and all prospective viewers, the overlong slab of melodrama is one of the most vanilla experiences at the movies in quite some time.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Mara and Redgrave are beautifully cast and extremely good in the central role. But you do need to be up with your Anglo-Irish history and you may find the last lap as contrived as it is sentimental.

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Lisa Giles-Keddie

The overall power of the story is female suppression across the ages that really hits home - subtly interwoven, but accompanied by that unsavoury feel of demonising the independent screen female again.

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Andrew Barker

It doesn't take too long for Jim Sheridan's period romance "The Secret Scripture" to contort itself into a befuddlingly bungled mess. But at the outset, it seems to have everything going for it.

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Matt Wolf
The Arts Desk

Sheridan's adaptation of Sebastian Barry's Man Booker-shortlisted novel begins portentously and spirals downwards from there.

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Stephen Carty
Radio Times

Mara ensures that we feel for Rose, and James is surprisingly effective as the man who ruins Rose's life, but The Secret Scripture isn't as moving or intriguing as it should be.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
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A depiction of the cruelty dealt to a young woman by the religious hierarchy in 20th century Ireland, this screenplay contained too much romanticism to be a… More