“The Secret in Their Eyes” is a critically acclaimed Spanish film that combines mystery, romance, and drama in a thriller set in 1999, when Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) is writing novel based upon an old rape and murder case that has been close for a long time. The victim was Lilana Coloto (Carla Quevedo), and the crime had a lasting effect on her husband, Pablo Rago (Ricardo Morales). Benjamin is retired federal justice agent, and the case has always fascinated him. Even though two suspects have been under investigation, Benjamin and Pablo always thought the perpetrator was a man named Isidoro Gomez (Javier Godino), who has never been brought in. Here’s a sampling of what the critics have said about this fine film.
The New Yorker David Denby
It’s powerfully and richly imagined: a genre-busting movie that successfully combines the utmost in romanticism with the utmost in realism.
Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert
Juan Jose Campanella is the writer-director, and here is a man who creates a complete, engrossing, lovingly crafted film. He is filled with his stories. The Secret in Their Eyes is a rebuke to formula screenplays. We grow to know the characters, and the story pays due respect to their complexities and needs.
Chicago Reader Andrea Gronvall
Director Juan José Campanella weaves together two love stories–between the victim and her husband, and the investigator and his former boss (Soledad Villamil)–and creates some masterful set pieces; his breathless chase through a packed soccer stadium is a marvel of choreography and top-notch CGI.
Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips
What are the odds that the year’s most compelling mystery would end up hanging its hat on the year’s richest love story.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Rick Groen
The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace.
St. Petersburg Times Steve Persall
The movie grabbed me and wouldn’t let go during a bravura set piece at a soccer game when Campanella’s camera glides into the stadium, finds Benjamin’s face in the crowd and doesn’t stop moving (with only a couple of edits) for six breathtaking minutes.
Charlotte Observer Lawrence Toppman
To call it a masterpiece is premature: That’s a title to be earned only in retrospect. But I’ve seen it twice now and can’t imagine what I would change. It fits together tightly as a suspenseful puzzle, yet it’s also emotionally rewarding and sardonically funny.
Arizona Republic Bill Goodykoontz
The Secret in Their Eyes never lets you forget that you’re watching a movie – and never lets you wish you were doing anything else.
Variety Jonathan Holland
A deeply rewarding throwback to the unself-conscious days when cinema still strove to be magical, The Secrets in their Eyes is simply mesmerizing.
The Hollywood Reporter Deborah Young
A riveting Argentine thriller spiked with witty dialogue and poignant love stories.
Boxoffice Magazine Pete Hammond
Campanella has laced his story with twists and turns worthy of Hitchcock and the framing device of the novel (which forces the protagonist to sort out the whole thing through writing) is ingenio
Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey
A beautifully calibrated movie in the most traditional sense of the word — the ideal marriage of topic, talent and tone.
The New York Times Manohla Dargis
An attractive, messy drama riddled with violence and edged with comedy that comes with a hint of Grand Guignol, a suggestion of politics and three resonant, deeply appealing performances.
Rolling Stone Peter Travers
The Secret in Their Eyes has a decent shot at wearing down resistance to subtitled films. Don’t be put off. This spellbinder from Argentina will sneak up and floor you. It’s that good.
Showtimes for “The Secret in Their Eyes”
Friday, June 25, at 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 26, at 4, 7, and 9:15 p.m.
Sunday, June 27, at 2 and 4:15 p.m.
The film, which is in Spanish with English subtitles, is rated R with a running time of 129 minutes.