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Secret Window

Superstar Johnny Depp gives one of the most captivating performances of his career in this grippingpsychological thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

It all feels recycled and re-recycled.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a great deal of tension, peril, and graphic violence, with grisly dead bodies. Characters are injured and killed. An animal is killed and a house is torched. There are sexual references and situations, including adultery. Characters smoke and drink, and there is a reference to alcohol abuse. There is some very strong language for a PG-13.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the clues that indicate what the final twist will be, including the very first scene and the scene in the bathroom. Why is it important that Morty had a past experience with a charge of plagiarism?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 25
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Mr. Depp demonstrates once again that he never disappoints as an actor, even in something as fraudulent as Secret Window.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, April 1, 2004

Rotten: It wants to be surprising but merely grows foolish.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, March 12, 2004


- David Rooney, Variety, Monday, July 7, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010

5 stars

It's actually one of the best Stephen King stories in the fact that it's actually different than his other typical works. He writes way better stories when they're one person centric, you just get more of a connection with the character and don't feel so jerked around. Johnny Depp obviously did a great job like always with his role and was able to handle the hysteria quite well. It's literally this story of someone going more and more insane, finally realizing that he's his own worst enemy. I also loved the ending, it was different from the original story, but worked better because it was so ruthless.

- ythelastman89, Monday, November 16, 2009

4 stars

I have always wanted to see Secret Window; when a movie has such varied and mixed reviews it is always intriguing to see the movie itself and find out which side of the line you sit on. I recently viewed Secret Window with a friend from the safety of my own home. It's only a short movie, which in itself has appeal, and if it were any longer the suspense element would have most definitely fizzled away. The first hour or so nothing much happens, the story line just plods along and you wait and watch to look for anything you have missed and wonder whether the story is going to go anywhere. The first portion of the movie is not a complete failure, however, as Johnny Depp once again shines in his role and keeps the viewer somewhat interested. Once the twist kicks in, the movie takes the viewer to a whole new level. My friend and I were simply intrigued in horror. It simply is brilliant and I would recommend this to anyone who loves being taken on a journey through their imagination.

- matertenebraum, Monday, July 27, 2009