The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller directs and stars as Walter Mitty - a LIFE magazine proofreader who, incapable of revealing his feelings to the woman he loves (Kristen Wiig) in the real world, retreats to a fantasy where he becomes his poised, confident opposite. When images from a fellow photographer (Sean Penn) go missing, Mitty’s mind takes him on a voyage to retrieve the negative, leading to a quest of self-discovery. The script is based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber, previously adapted for the screen in 1947.

2013Rating: PG, Violence, coarse language and sexual references114 minsUSA
AdventureComedyDramaFantasy
Director:
Ben Stiller ('Tropic Thunder', 'Zoolander', 'The Cable Guy')
Writer:
Steve Conrad
Cast:
Ben StillerSean PennKristen WiigAdam ScottPatton OswaltShirley MacLaine
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Though Stiller has proven he can be much funnier ... the emotional dimension ultimately makes the film feel more substantial.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Pretty much all the credit belongs to Stiller behind the camera, turning a sappy Hollywood button-pusher into a slick, smart-looking fantasy that doesn't mind showing its indie roots.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film is at its best when played as goofy comedy ... The later, country-hopping scenes feel like flicking through an old copy of National Geographic.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's too airless, too perfect, a dream of connection with humanity that flees contact with actual people.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Seldom has a globe-spanning, soul-plumbing search for what really matters looked so inconsequential.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As a director, this feels like Stiller's moment. Mitty is a film that bravely rejects cynicism. In many ways, it's the new Forrest Gump. Go with it and it is, in all senses, wonderful.

4.0
0

The Forrest Gump of our generation. Outstanding in every way. Destined to be a cult classic.

5.0
0

OK, maybe the story is a little mish-mashy; but this is TOTALLY compensated for by breathtaking cinematography, cool soundtrack, and more than a few belly laughs ("Don't play with the shark!!")

5.0
0

This film was disappointing with far fetched "dreams" and lacking any sensible story line.

2.0
0

It was quirky and dreamy. The film is beautiful on theatres and takes you to a surreal adventure. Ben Stiller was brilliant as Walter Mitty, very relateable to its audiences. I enjoyed the film, it was great.

4.0
0

I liked it. Great little story with smart lead performances. A good looking movie with a simple story that it tells well.

4.0
0

If you have every caught yourself day-dreaming at work you have a lot in common with Walter Mitty. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a great escape and a cleverly likeable film provided you don’t take it too seriously. It is Ben Stiller after all. Not that that’s a bad thing. There was lots to like about this film. Its warm message and enduring main...

3.0
0

Charming movie, far less sentimental than I cynically expected.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Though Stiller has proven he can be much funnier ... the emotional dimension ultimately makes the film feel more substantial.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Pretty much all the credit belongs to Stiller behind the camera, turning a sappy Hollywood button-pusher into a slick, smart-looking fantasy that doesn't mind showing its indie roots.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film is at its best when played as goofy comedy ... The later, country-hopping scenes feel like flicking through an old copy of National Geographic.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's too airless, too perfect, a dream of connection with humanity that flees contact with actual people.

3.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Seldom has a globe-spanning, soul-plumbing search for what really matters looked so inconsequential.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

As a director, this feels like Stiller's moment. Mitty is a film that bravely rejects cynicism. In many ways, it's the new Forrest Gump. Go with it and it is, in all senses, wonderful.

4.0
0

The Forrest Gump of our generation. Outstanding in every way. Destined to be a cult classic.

5.0
0

OK, maybe the story is a little mish-mashy; but this is TOTALLY compensated for by breathtaking cinematography, cool soundtrack, and more than a few belly laughs ("Don't play with the shark!!")

5.0
0

This film was disappointing with far fetched "dreams" and lacking any sensible story line.

2.0
0

It was quirky and dreamy. The film is beautiful on theatres and takes you to a surreal adventure. Ben Stiller was brilliant as Walter Mitty, very relateable to its audiences. I enjoyed the film, it was great.

4.0
0

I liked it. Great little story with smart lead performances. A good looking movie with a simple story that it tells well.

4.0
0

If you have every caught yourself day-dreaming at work you have a lot in common with Walter Mitty. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a great escape and a cleverly likeable film provided you don’t take it too seriously. It is Ben Stiller after all. Not that that’s a bad thing. There was lots to like about this film. Its warm message and enduring main...

3.0
0

Charming movie, far less sentimental than I cynically expected.

4.0
0