Reviews for this film from our members:
Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
Excerpt: Hollywood ima problema pomiriti vlastite fantazije s prozaicnom stvarnošcu.
| [New – 5/22/14] Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
Excerpt: For a movie about living life and taking chances, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ironically plays it all so safe.
José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
Excerpt: Curiosamente, la película más floja de Ben Stiller tras las cámaras es también la más agradable y candorosa. Un cuento mágico de encuentro y superación personal por el que dejarse llevar con total tranquilidad.
Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
Excerpt: It’s tempting to give Ben Stiller an “A” for effort on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. His fifth time behind the camera is easily his most ambitious and exhibits occasional signs of greatness.
Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
Excerpt: It is, at times, a bit too precious for its own good, and Stiller is often willing to let his indie soundtrack do the hard work of setting that elusive tone. But it’s not often that you come across a “big” movie as earnest and patently un-cynical as this one.
Dann Baldwin @ Critic Speak
Excerpt: [A] fundamentally flawed and even dumb film that’s made tolerable by a few choice achievements.
Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
Excerpt: The goodwill Stiller has earned is strictly from comedy and given how few laughs there are, it doesn’t feel like he’s doing his job to the best of his abilities here.
Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
Excerpt: …this is the closest Stiller comes to creating a moving work, so it’s easy to see why its filmmakers have award aspirations for it.
Michael Dequina @ TheMovieReport.com
Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door
Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
Excerpt: Sincerely sweet, if somewhat zappy, it’s a zany holiday fantasy that should amuse the whole family.
Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
Excerpt: Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty is an inconsequential fellow, much like the picture. His character has the soul of a dreamer, but the film itself has no soul.
Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
Excerpt: As other movies this Christmas seem to be about pushing the limits of good taste, Ben Stiller is delivering the one true feel-good movie of the season.
Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
Excerpt: This is Stiller’s pièce de résistance.
MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
Excerpt: A cheery, airy fairy tale filled with a very modern ache and buoyed by an infectious joy. I love this movie.
Daniel Kelly @ eFilmCritic
Excerpt: The aesthetics are innocently seductive, allowing viewers to become immersed in Stiller’s warm vision, mixing spectacle with homespun charm across the plot’s impressive geographical expanse.
Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
Excerpt: In a story about going into the unknown, Stiller succeeds at delivering a film that, as Walter’s online dating guru put its, is both “noteworthy and mentionable.”
Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
Excerpt: The entire package is benign and noncynical without really coming together, but it certainly excels in moments both big and small, soaring and quiet.
Danny King @ The Film Stage
Excerpt: [Unabashedly] nice, crowd-pleasing, and earnest.
Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
Excerpt: This loud, schmaltzy, and inconsistent film rejoices in the thrill of escapism, but it’s hardly worth leaving the house to see on the big screen. Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
Excerpt: The fact of the matter is, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is bland, unfunny, and not at all romantic. It’s also wholly unimaginative.
Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
Excerpt: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty may not inspire you to run out and fulfill all of your life’s dreams, but it may remind you that fulfilling them is possible.
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
Excerpt: Ben Stiller and screenwriter Steve Conrad have squandered an opportunity to do something inspired with Thurber’s sloppy but seminal two-and-one-half-page story.
Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: Fails because it imposes a post-modern, big-budget Hollywood spin on what in Thurber’s hands was a wry little fable of the escapism imagination can afford.
Mel Valentin @ ScreenInvasion.com
Excerpt: Ben Stiller’s latest, a whimsical, earnest tale of reawakening the call to adventure, is fatally undermined by blatant, offensive product placement.
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