• 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews
    Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying.
  • 100
    Desson Thomson Washington Post
    Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today
    Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
  • 100
    Michael Wilmington 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
    Stanley Kauffmann 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
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
    The acting is so strong--with Spall a particular standout--that you're carried along as by a tidal wave.
  • 90
    David Ansen Newsweek
    The results are wondrous, wrenching and crazily funny to behold.
  • 90
    Richard Corliss Time
    Rich in humor, pained or frolicking.
  • 90
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times
    Unfolds beautifully, with a rueful, knowing intelligence that rises above easy assumptions. [27 September 1996, p.C1]
  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun
    Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.