Secretary

Secretary

Secretary

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one. Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (who was nominated for a Best Actress Golden Globe for this role), and James Spader (Sex, Lies and Videotape).

2002Rating: R104 minsUSA
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent

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Secretary | Awards

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Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize for Originality, 2002.

Secretary | Reviews

77%158 reviews

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The film treats the subject of S&M with a kind of confused interest worthy of Madonna.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

It provokes nothing but yawns, and the sex it explores is stuff everybody knows about and says, 'So what?'

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BBC

BBC

Profound, witty and insightful... are probably three of the things "Secretary" wants to be. Unfortunately, with its slight, overstretched story, and facile moral, this Sundance Festival winner disappoints.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Playfully subversive and oddly life-affirming.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Approaches the tricky subject of sadomasochism with a stealthy tread, avoiding the dangers of making it either too offensive, or too funny.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

As darkly comic as it is, Shainberg’s picture addresses themes that are deadly serious.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Sadomasochism is treated as a joke in Secretary, but the fun of the movie is that it’s also much more than a joke.

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The Times

The Times

This is Gyllenhaals's tour de force. She is remarkable and original.

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