Crammed, cheek to jowl, with bleak moments, high hopes, sweetness and naked emotion.
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The results are wondrous, wrenching and crazily funny to behold.
Reveals itself detail by searing detail.
Unfolds beautifully, with a rueful, knowing intelligence that rises above easy assumptions. [27 September 1996, p.C1]
Represents the director at his best -- unsentimental yet powerful, funny and poignant, and, in the end, undeniably satisfying.
The acting is so strong--with Spall a particular standout--that you're carried along as by a tidal wave.
Leigh is an artist not at all blind to the world's darkness and pain. But the generosity and togetherness he and his company show in Secrets and Lies is something the movies -- and the world -- truly need. [25 October 1996, Friday, p.A]
Blethyn is so astonishing that you forget you're seeing a performance.
Rich in humor, pained or frolicking.
Leigh, the writer, ties up things somewhat neatly and is a touch homiletic. Leigh, the director of cast and camera, is masterly. [Sept. 30, 1996]