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In Secret (15)

In Secret (15)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin.

The critical consensus

Sensitive performances from a willing cast bring Zola's novel to life on the big screen.

***(*)(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 12/05/2014

Director Charlie Stratton makes a decent fist of the ensuing intrigue, while Budapest fills in for 1860s Paris. Sadly, the result is more glum than gripping.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 12/05/2014

It rattles along compellingly enough if you don’t know the story but feels rather dated and is too melodramatic to move.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 14/05/2014

A major disappointment.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 16/05/2014

The poison slips down easily enough, but it's diet cola when set against 2009's Korean vampire movie Thirst, still this book's most potent screen translation.

**(*)(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 15/05/2014

The problem is that audiences are likely to become as fed up with the murderous lovers (Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen) as they become with each other.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 15/05/2014

Verdict: Too melodramatic by half.

***(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 16/05/2014

Olsen and Isaac are hot but what have you done to the story, Stratton?

**(*)(*)(*)Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 15/05/2014

Notable largely for the anguished, nuanced performance of Jessica Lange.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 18/05/2014

Lange at least has an angle on her character; the rest of the cast simply hit their marks and spout dialogue like robots, delivering lines which should evoke erotic fervour, but are exchanged without urgency, conviction or belief.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 20/05/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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