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1,765 Ratings

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Directed by Ben Stiller
United States, 2013
Comedy, Drama, Adventure


An office worker who lives inside fantasy worlds where he gets to live an adventurous life while romancing his co-worker sets off a global journey to fix things when both of their jobs are threatened.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Directed by Ben Stiller
From Ben Stiller’s pantomimes of romantic hesitation in its opening moments as Walter Mitty goes all J. Alfred Prufrock on, to costar Adam Scott’s fussily styled fake beard, to the overall depiction of how a print magazine works/worked, to the consoling midtown-Manhattan romantic fade out, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”… grated on my nerves something fierce.
December 25, 2013
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Painstakingly stylish, this is Stiller’s most ambitious directorial work to date but also his most cloying, a Hallmark card piously urging viewers to “embrace the unknown,” among other platitudes. Some scenes are sharpened by his quirky sense of humor (a bizarre riff on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button recaptures the cheekiness of his MTV sketch show), but this lacks the satire of Tropic Thunder or the dark comedy of The Cable Guy, still his best movies.
December 25, 2013
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It’s once the daydreams stop and Mitty jets off to Greenland in search of Penn’s itinerant shutterbug (and “actual” adventure) that the film takes an unexpected turn for the dull. Abandoning its more original elements, the movie opts for a banal carpe diem conceit that turns Mitty into a globetrotting bystander, with few opportunities to cut loose à la Danny Kaye.
December 24, 2013
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