Every Secret Thing

One clear summer day in a Baltimore suburb, a baby goes missing from her front porch. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that hasn't fully forgiven or forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two detectives are called in to investigate the mystery in a community where everyone seems to have a secret.


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  • ★★★★ review by Tasha Robinson on Letterboxd

    Problematic but chilling adaptation of a Laura Lippman novel about two girls involved in an infant's death; the script, written by Nicole Holocener, keeps viewers guessing about what happened with the baby, what happened between the girls, how it relates to who the girls are seven years later, and how it relates to another recent child disappearance. The performances are stunning, particularly Danielle Macdonald as the older incarnation of one of the girls (Dakota Fanning plays the other). And this is an interesting stretch for Holofcener, with some of the vitriol and many of the issues of her own films (particularly regarding the many ways women relate to each other), but with a tighter, more thriller-like, more conclusive plot, and a dreamier air. The problem is that the narrative seems unbalanced, both between past and future, and with a sense of not knowing who the focus is, and thus what the story is, until late in the film. In particular, Fanning's character seems so underdeveloped that the eventual resolution of her storyline feels perversely inconclusive and a little melodramatic. This film almost feels like it could have been a successful miniseries; there's a lot going on here, but it just seems to imply so much more happening.

  • ★★★½ review by crimsonpeak on Letterboxd

    wow I am speechless at this movie. Its scary how Alice doesn't realize the things she is doing are negative and not normal, same with her mother. They think its normal and aren't affected by it. Even after the police told her it wasn't her baby she still believed it was. In the end, she didn't get punished for what she did, and it seems like she could do it again. The character of Alice is manipulative and insane, and she does a great job at tricking the people around her in the movie and the audience.

  • ★★★★ review by twinky on Letterboxd

    i really dont trust white people anymore

  • ★★★½ review by Michael Vazquez on Letterboxd

    Dakota Fanning finds her inner-self here that once made her a good actor in her teenage and child days. Her best role since The Runaways. Elizabeth Banks, Nate Parker & Diane Lane are very decent. Good movie.

  • ★★★★ review by bna fsaj on Letterboxd

    بعض الاشخاص مخيفيييين بطريقه لاتوصف لدعائهم شي حدث او لم يحدث او لكسب التعاطف او كذب او عدوانية ..حتى الاطفال خيالهم اوقات يساعدهم ع ذلك

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