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Every Secret Thing

Thriller . Drama . Crime . Mystery

One clear summer day in a Baltimore suburb, a baby goes missing from her front porch. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that hasn't fully forgiven or forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two detectives are called in to investigate the mystery in a community where everyone seems to have a secret.

Actors: Diane Lane , Elizabeth Banks , Dakota Fanning , Danielle Macdonald , Nate Parker , Common , Colin Donnell , Bill Sage , Renée Elise Goldsberry , Brynne Norquist
Directors: Amy Berg
Country: USA
Release: 2014-04-20
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  • Neil Genzlinger

    [Amy Berg's] instincts about how to pace a true story serve her well with this imaginary one, and so do the performances by Ms. Fanning and especially Ms. Macdonald.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Every Secret Thing is not built to satisfy, and so its sour ending doesn’t help its uneven experience. Every Secret Thing is not unlike last autumn's abduction drama "Prisoners." Both demonstrate an excellent level of craft and are handsomely shot and composed, but both suffer from narrative issues.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Which one of these women is the most irredeemable? Coming to grips with that question is what gives the flawed but fascinating Every Secret Thing its power to haunt.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    It has a problem that's familiar to competently made, sporadically involving crime procedurals: It's just good enough to inspire wishes that it were better.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

    Every Secret Thing doesn’t feel like it fell off an assembly line, but that’s not saying that it’s been skillfully engineered. By the end, its rickety narrative architecture collapses entirely, leaving a lot of good actors stranded in the rubble.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Every Secret Thing is a small, well-crafted film with a few chilling moments and some fine performances, but it’s a muddled, pedestrian crime thriller.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The trope of horror-suffused female friendships is a fertile one, but despite a screenwriting credit from the very capable Nicole Holofcener (director of “Enough Said,” among others), Every Secret Thing comes up short.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It’s described as a smart, suspenseful psychological thriller, but there’s nothing smart about it, and as an alleged thriller, when the mysteries are explained in a twist finale, it could use a psychologist of its own. The only suspense is waiting to see if Diane Lane’s reputation will survive.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    Despite the strenuous efforts of all involved, Every Secret Thing never manages to overcome its overwhelming air of artsy pretension.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Berg’s narrative debut lacks much in the way of either poetry or realism, leaving only the clunky dynamics of a fairly predictable missing-persons case — for which screenwriter Nicole Holofcener carries at least part of the blame.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Unfortunately, this procedural/character study unfolds in a manner that feels more generic than genuinely deep.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    A cheerless and nonsensical thriller.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    What went wrong? How did so many talented people devote their time and energy to a film that came out this generic, dull, and flat? Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Crushingly listless and at times as off-putting as a needle scratching vinyl, this corkscrew tale of questionable (and questioned) parenting, youthful misjudgments, grudges and disappointments doesn't even have the disciplined domestic-evil allure of a Lifetime movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Katherine Pushkar

    Diane Lane has about 15 minutes of underwritten screen time as Helen, Alice’s tart, art-teacher mother. A wooden Elizabeth Banks is the detective who cracked the original case and now heads up the new one. She thought she could handle it. She can’t.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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  • based on novel

  • baltimore

  • kidnapping

  • missing child

  • baltimore maryland

  • child murder

  • woman director

  • suspect

  • death

  • 18 year old girl

  • 18 year old

  • female police detective

  • police detective

  • female teacher

  • child abduction

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  • teenage girl

  • police station

  • questioned by police

  • furniture store

  • interrogation room

  • police interrogation

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  • scene before opening credits

  • pram

  • porch

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  • doll

  • pudding

  • flashlight

  • birthday present

  • child's birthday party

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  • swimming pool

  • child hitting an adult

  • younger version of character

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  • overweight

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  • african american

  • baby

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  • 11 year old girl

  • 11 year old

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  • suicide

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  • biracial child

  • bechdel test passed

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