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, Mild themes, action violence, sexual references and coarse language114 minsUSA
AdventureComedyDramaFantasy
Director:
Ben Stiller ('Tropic Thunder', 'Zoolander', 'The Cable Guy')
Writer:
Steve Conrad
Cast:
Ben StillerSean PennKristen WiigAdam ScottPatton OswaltShirley MacLaine

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Though his leading man status has gone from encouragingly superb to incorrigibly bland, Ben Stiller’s succinct filmography as a director carries a more respectable reputation (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, Reality Bites). Putting himself once again in front of and behind the camera, this modern take on the 1947 daydreamer comedy is a totally fine, but heavily flawed, Stiller-helmed staple.

3.0

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

5.0

Loved it. I'm going to see it again - while it's still on the big screen!

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

Far fetched

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

2.0

Stunning cinematography

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

Sweet

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

4.0

Reality Break

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

Better than I expected...

Charming movie, far less sentimental than I cynically expected.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

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
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
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
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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
Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Though his leading man status has gone from encouragingly superb to incorrigibly bland, Ben Stiller’s succinct filmography as a director carries a more respectable reputation (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander, Reality Bites). Putting himself once again in front of and behind the camera, this modern take on the 1947 daydreamer comedy is a totally fine, but heavily flawed, Stiller-helmed staple.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

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
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
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
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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

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

5.0

Loved it. I'm going to see it again - while it's still on the big screen!

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

Far fetched

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

2.0

Stunning cinematography

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

Sweet

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

4.0

Reality Break

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

Better than I expected...

Charming movie, far less sentimental than I cynically expected.

4.0