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Detroit Free Press:
Depp putters around in one of his wife's old bathrobes, allowing clues to fall out of the pockets like crumpled used tissues, which is exactly what they and the movie most resemble.
[Depp] turns Secret Window into a pleasantly show-offy showcase for his own charisma.
Ebert & Roeper:
[I]t's so refreshing to see a thriller that doesn't compromise itself with a pat Hollywood ending.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
Secret Window, a hack job patched together from bits of Stephen King's earlier, better stories, is such a cheeseball it ultimately subverts even Depp's considerable charm and talent.
A second helping would be hard to justify were it not for Depp, whose manic idea of comedy seems right for a Stephen King thriller.
Los Angeles Times:
Pitched between horror and comedy, Secret Window turns out to be neither terribly scary nor especially funny.
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.
This uneven psychological thriller has its share of chills, but Depp and Turturro are a hoot.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
This is Depp's film from beginning to end, and he's fascinating to watch.
Not even Depp can quite save the relentless obviousness and preposterous turns.
The story roots around dutifully in by-now-familiar SK notions of real life being stranger than fiction.
Globe and Mail:
To watch Johnny Depp act in anything is always a treat. But does it have to be the only treat going?
Dallas Morning News:
[Koepp] manages some compelling creepy-crawly moments and captures the wintry mood of Mr. King's small-town upstate New York setting.
The ultimate test of one's tolerance for King's self-aggrandizing postulations about writer's block, obsessive fans and the potentially frightening manifestations of the writer's id.
There are contrivances of convenience in Secret Window, all of which keep the movie from ending too soon.
Koepp keeps the suspense going. And amazingly he does it with a minimum of violence and special effects, relying instead on such old-fashioned ideas as character, atmosphere and the occasional, time-honored, bump in the night.
New York Daily News:
It's a slight story to begin with, and the movie teeters on camp with its jokey filler material.
New York Observer:
Mr. Depp demonstrates once again that he never disappoints as an actor, even in something as fraudulent as Secret Window.
New York Times:
Johnny Depp's performance as a trebly beset writer is the highlight of this underwhelming suspense thriller based on a Stephen King novella.
All the corn pone in Mississippi can't make this go down like anything but year-old grits.
The standout is John Turturro, who makes Shooter a terrifying individual.
Somewhere in the middle of [King's] range storywise, and toward the top in Depp's performance.
The story is so basic that it makes a fine template for an exercise in style, and Koepp layers on the details with great relish.
The rising dread is hobbled by a huge impediment: The story doesn't make a lick of sense.
A potent psychological thriller bolstered by strong performances and an offbeat sense of humor.
Adapted from a Stephen King novella, the film lurches tiredly through the author's favorite masochistic-narcissistic fantasy, subjecting a woebegone writer to a gauntlet of abuse.