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1,479 Ratings

Secret Window

Directed by David Koepp
United States, 2004


Famed mystery writer, Mort Rainey (Depp) is confronted by a mysterious stranger outside his house. This stranger calls himself John Shooter (Turturro) and claims that Mort has stolen an idea for a story from him.

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Secret Window Directed by David Koepp

Critics reviews

The plot certainly has possibilities, but far too many of them are botched by writer-director David Koepp, who’s a better writer than director.
March 12, 2004
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  • chanandre's rating of the film Secret Window

    [DVRd - AXN] Kept thinking about 'that other time' he might have done it, i.e. plagiarized. Not sure what to feel about the final twist. 'those two corpses' (but there are 4 deaths, no?) Really liked the mirror scene: very Cocteau-ish. Koepp is a good screenwriter and King is novel canon peak but i felt this was too literary & staged and it never left the comfort of its source material. Semi-fun ride. Depp's hair hot

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Secret Window

    “This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife.” Unjustly overlooked, here's a suave Hitchcockian thriller that is only nominally interested in the Big Twist (crackable 10mins in). Instead, the focus is on atmosphere and author Mort Rainey who is morbidly stricken by his wife's infidelity and a bad case of writer's block. Deliciously dry-witted, its got Johnny Depp in top form eating Doritos and corn.

  • Risya's rating of the film Secret Window

    Slow pacing, totally predictable and boring. No frills, no thrills. There was a lack of a coherent thought followed through. And the suppose "clever twist" doesn't come as a surprise to me, I guess because I've seen better. But the part before you find out who-dun-it are interesting and pretty neat. Johnny Depp is a good actor, but he could not prevent this boat from sinking. I'd assume the book was better?

  • sandracine's rating of the film Secret Window

    Few of King's stories translate to film with good results. Secret Window is an exception, thanks to Depp's spot-on performance as Mort Rainey. King injects at lot of humor into his horror, and Depp manages to pull it off nicely. Fun to watch, and the ending to the story remains intact, thank you. Good supporting cast.

  • jhubbs's rating of the film Secret Window

    The editor & director failed this movie. Story has good bones, script is totally fine, but man is the execution sloppy & in the way. Twist is obvious in first 10 minutes due to total lack of subtlety. Depp is legit here (excusing his hair) as a Dorito-muncher but Turturro is an unbelievable cartoon mess. Film thinks viewer is an idiot, like itself, so over-explains. A real shame 1.75

  • Aivaras_Z's rating of the film Secret Window

    Nothing special, but Depp's performance and typical King's twisty chills makes it watchable. And I am a fan of the later ones, despite what serious people may think.

  • Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Secret Window

    Pretty close to the original novella by Stephen King about a writer who gets stalked by a man who claims that he stole his story. it goes over classic ground from the writer, but I liked how the film built itself up and the film has a different ending that is actually better than the one originally written. Johnny Depp is solid without the usual quirkiness too.

  • Alvise Narduzzi's rating of the film Secret Window

    Lento e piatto, l'unica roba che si salva è l'idea del finale. Solo l'idea, appunto, decisamente non l'esecuzione. Voleva essere un thriller intenso con un plot twist finale sconvolgente, ma è tutto così tediosamente prolisso che lo spettatore si concentra solo nel tentativo di sbrogliare l'inghippo e ci riesce facilmente prima dell'arrivo del finale. Potenzialmente intrigante, effettivamente un flop.

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