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Metascore

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100
ReelViews
Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying.
100
Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
100
USA Today
Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
100
Chicago Tribune
Leigh is an artist not at all blind to the world's darkness and pain. But the generosity and togetherness he and his company show in Secrets and Lies is something the movies -- and the world -- truly need. [25 October 1996, Friday, p.A]
100
The New Republic
Leigh, the writer, ties up things somewhat neatly and is a touch homiletic. Leigh, the director of cast and camera, is masterly. [Sept. 30, 1996]
90
Chicago Reader
The acting is so strong--with Spall a particular standout--that you're carried along as by a tidal wave.
90
The results are wondrous, wrenching and crazily funny to behold.
90
Time
Rich in humor, pained or frolicking.
90
The New York Times
Unfolds beautifully, with a rueful, knowing intelligence that rises above easy assumptions. [27 September 1996, p.C1]
75
Baltimore Sun
Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.

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