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Secret in Their Eyes2015

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)



Critic Consensus: Secret in Their Eyes wastes its incredible cast on a remake that fails to improve upon -- or even make a compelling case for its own existence in addition to -- the remarkable original.

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A tight-knit team of rising investigators - Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with their supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) - is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess's teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he's certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.

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Alfred Molina
as Martin Morales
Zoe Graham
as Carolyn
Don Harvey
as Fierro
Joe Cole
as Marzin / Beckwith
Benjamin Waters
as LAPD Detective
Greg Duncan
as Baseball Player
Toni French
as Dodger Baseball Fan
John Papsidera
as Dodger Player Mastery
Amir Malaklou
as Aban Ghazala
Phillip O'Riley
as Hallway Baseball Fan
Walter Tabayoyong
as Photographer
Alessandro Cuomo
as Police Officer
Glenn Davis
as Stadium Cop
Bryan Williams
as Horse Race Attendee
Jahmilla Jackson
as Horse Race Attendee
Mark Famiglietti
as Duty Sergeant Jacobs
John Pirruccello
as Duct Tape Salesman
Ho-Sung Pak
as Peanut Vender (Stunt)
Laurence Todd Rosenthal
as Popcorn Guy (Stunt)
Niko Nicotera
as Hammer/Chop Shop Thug
Israel Feres David
as Angry Dodger Fan
Dennis Keifer
as Chop Shop Thug #2
Erik M. Solky
as Panicked Man
Michael Tennant
as Arriving Cop
Noel Gugliemi
as Garbed-Out Fan
Ho Sung Pak
as Peanut Vender (Stunt)
Carrick O'Quinn
as Protective Detail #1 (Stunt)
C.C. Taylor
as Protective Detail (Stunts)
Erik Solky
as Panicked Man
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Critic Reviews for Secret in Their Eyes

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (48)

This remake was a welcome punch to the gut I couldn't help but be moderately impressed by

August 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You just keep waiting for it to take flight, for some clue as to why these talented people are spinning their wheels with such subpar material.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

The original picture's melodramatic excesses have been augmented with fresh indulgences to deliver a film that is not quite peculiar enough to be interesting.

March 6, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Chiwetel Ejiofor's new movie is a mess. Even the title - why are there more eyes than secrets? - induces brain ache.

February 28, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Tme and again the drama spirals into cliched foolishness and rule-bending procedural pastiche from which only a typically engrossing turn by Ejiofor can save it.

February 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Two great performances squandered in a silly misfire.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Secret in Their Eyes

Secret In Their Eyes is a dark and disturbing psychological thriller. The story follows a former FBI agent who, after 13 years, has tracked down the killer of his best friend's daughter and seeks to finally bring him to justice. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts, the performances are quite good. And the script is well-written, doing an impressive job at building the investigation and paralleling the present and past storylines. However, the killer is underdeveloped; as he's more of a passive character, with the focus being on the investigators. And the ending is a bit challenging; delving into some uncomfortable morally gray areas. Yet overall, Secret In Their Eyes is an extremely provocative and enthralling crime drama.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Intrigue and melodrama abound with the Secret in Their Eyes, a film that is told earnestly through flashbacks and present day-all centering on the inexplicable abduction and murder of a Terrorism Task Force Agent's daughter. It's a film that relies heavily on dialogue, which was good, and high stakes drama when suspects are determined then let go for political reasons. The film is thus a vehicle for many things-politics and the war on terror, revenge, and grief. It has a terrific ensemble cast that all interact well with each-other. It's a film that is good, yet never quite as good as it thinks it is. It gets too clever with its plot mechanisms-often losing the sight of the logistics of the crime to where the audience becomes confounded by the motives, even if we're still interested in the "who done it" aspect of the film. The acting can also be over-the-top, and there are many parts where the film seems to be trying too hard. That said, it is very atmospheric, and represents a sort of old school noir that is hard not to get hooked by. 3.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Although it's a bit slowly paced, the story is exciting, tense and inventive. I did not see the ending coming at me. However, that is partly because the story was quite hard to follow. The story is presented both in the present and 13 years prior. The problem is that it's nearly impossible to tell what is happening now, and what happened 13 years ago. Sure, there a little hints (one character limps now; Ejiofor has a few specks of gray in his hair, though not many), but unless you're constantly doing a detail check, you can easily miss that you have shifted back or forward in time. It's really quite perplexing. In the end, I just gave up and decided if something seemed out of place, then I must have been watching a different timeline 10 minutes ago. The performances were all strong and nuanced -- likely the best I've seen from Kidman. But even the best performances did not make the timeline easy to follow.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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