MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 232 this week

Secretary (2002)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 57,631 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 378 user | 156 critic | 39 from Metacritic.com

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (short story), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Staff Picks: Childhood Fears

To celebrate Halloween, IMDb staff members recall some of their deepest childhood fears that were glimpsed on TV or at the movies.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 15 Nov 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 13 Mar 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 11 Sep 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 19 Apr 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 30 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Secretary" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Secretary (2002)

Secretary (2002) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Secretary.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 18 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hit Me (1996)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Sonny lives with his retarded older brother, and works as a bellhop at a second-rate hotel. This changes when Monique a beautiful, suicidal nut-case checks in.

Director: Steven Shainberg
Stars: Elias Koteas, Laure Marsac, Jay Leggett
White Palace (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) a... See full summary »

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher
Crash (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A female marriage counselor and a male depression expert try to solve the marital problems of a troubled couple.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: James Spader, Melora Walters, Jay Mohr
Dream Lover (1993)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

Director: Nicholas Kazan
Stars: James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne
The Secretary (TV Movie 1995)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Disgruntled secretary Diedra turns to murder and blackmail after being turned down for promotion.

Director: Andrew Lane
Stars: Mel Harris, Sheila Kelley, Barry Bostwick
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lee's Sister
...
...
Lily Knight ...
Paralegal
...
Lacey Kohl ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Lee Holloway is a smart, quirky woman in her twenties who returns to her hometown in Florida after a brief stay in a mental hospital. In search of relief from herself and her oppressive childhood environment, she starts to date a nerdy friend from high school and takes a job as a secretary in a local law firm, soon developing an obsessive crush on her older boss, Mr. Grey. Through their increasingly bizarre relationship, Lee follows her deepest longings to the heights of masochism and finally to a place of self-affirmation. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a demanding boss and the woman who loves his demands. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some nudity, depiction of behavioral disorders, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 November 2002 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

La secretaria  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$135,931 (Australia) (30 May 2003)

Gross:

£829,624 (UK) (13 June 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Erin Cressida Wilson:  In a scene in Mr. Grey's waiting room, where there are three people waiting to see him, one of them is played by the film's screenwriter. See more »

Goofs

At Lee's sister's wedding reception, Lee's dad is drinking a beer. As camera looks over his left shoulder, he drinks the rest of the bottle with his right hand and his thumb is below the neck of the bottle. The camera shifts to a front view, but although the motion was continuously covered, his thumb is suddenly all the way up the neck and almost touching his lips. See more »

Quotes

E. Edward Grey: Look, we can't do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Lee: Why not?
See more »

Connections

References Four Rooms (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Seem to Make You Mine
Performed by The Seeds
Written by Sky Saxon
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
My new favorite James Spader movie!
22 October 2002 | by (Delaware) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie twice & want to see it again... & again... & again. *LOL* I really enjoyed it. At first I thought that it might be too risque for my taste, but I was pleasently surprised. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of risque, but it was played out so well that it just blended. I was amazed when I realized that this movie wasn't ALL about Sub/Dom, but in fact it was a love story. I wasn't disappointed. I recommend seeing this film if you haven't already, & even if you have. =)

I am a very big fan of James Spader & he was so amazing in this film. He was beautiful, funny, complex, & sexy. I'll be his secretary any day.

I was also surprised by the fact that I liked Maggie Gyllenhaal. She is a very good actress & alot more attractive than in any of the pictures I have ever seen of her. Everyones acting is Superb, the directing superb, & the story *****!!!!!! My raves don't even do this movie justice. Just go see it!

-M


46 of 62 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lend me your ear, please! mayalikesgames
Why many do not understand this movie.... AinFl
Mental illness rmontro
50 Shades of Grey... Walter_Iego
Hope this helps the 'confused' twistedangel1977
BDSM + lifestyle oldhollywoodbuff
Discuss Secretary (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?