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The Secret Scripture

1 h 49 min201712
Psychiatrist Dr Grene is compelled to discover his elderly patient Rose's past. Through Lady Rose's 'scripture', a life of extraordinary love and great injustice emerges, revealing a remarkable young woman of courage, whose only crime was to fall in love. Set against a backdrop of troubled times locally, and chaos internationally, we learn of her ultimate triumph.
Jim Sheridan
Rooney MaraVanessa RedgraveTheo James
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Eric BanaJack Reynor
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4.3 out of 5 stars

313 global ratings

  1. 64% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
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Ms. C. J. M. EastwoodReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film. Great cast. But keep the tissues handy.
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Great film, great cast, but keep the tissues handy. Theo James is particularly good as the dark and brooding, disturbed and conflicted Roman Catholic Priest. Born beautiful at a time in Ireland when this was more disadvantageous than not, this is the story of Rose and her search for the child she never saw grow up. Committed to an asylum having been labelled as a nymphomaniac, as a much older woman she finds an unexpected ally in a young psychiatrist played by Eric Bana. This part did not demand enough of him I feel, but then Eric Bana is Eric Bana and from my point of view always great to watch, as is Vanessa Redgrave as the older Rose.
Recommended if you like deep and emotive drama.
DawealeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fair account of a wonderful book
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I missed the film on release in 2016, probably because it got pretty terrible reviews and therefore passed many of us by. But I had remembered what a remarkable book Sebastian Barry had written and that the cast was impressive, led by Vanessa Redgrave. I though the film was largely very good and certainly well worth watching. As with any film, it can never get into every character and nuance of the story So a few characters are very sketchy but the main ones, led by Vanessa Redgrave are well realised. Rooney Mara is excellent and Eric Bana is OK in his role as the psychiatrist. I would recommend this as a stand alone film and a good interpretation of a wonderful novel.
BrochfaelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 October 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
A take the money and run production?
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You could drive a horse and cart through the plot holes in this, and the hugely unlikely coincidences are more than simply embarrassing. Even romantic tosh has its place when done well, but this is very far from having been done well. Cinema for non-thinkers. Can't believe that so many good actors agreed to act in this. Positives? Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara always do their best, and each probably recognised that there was an important story to be told here.
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Mrs F A CorfieldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great fil
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Good film , well acted. I really enjoyed it. It seems unbelievable that it show life in the country in Ireland in 1942, it seems so alien to day.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Needed to catch up
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Love Sebastian Barry's work. Started reading 'The Temporary Gentleman' and realised l had forgotten what happened in the previous books. Didn't realise this had been turned into a film! Brilliant adaptation. Vaessa Redgrave outstanding. The only thing l didn't like was some of the music, which, l thought, was a little intrusive at times.
luvmyschollsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 September 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
... for characters - read the book and wanted to like it but sadly thought it too fragmented and also ...
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totally confusing - no empathy for characters - read the book and wanted to like it but sadly thought it too fragmented and also big chunks of the story missing
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Andrew GriffithsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not as good as the book
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The screenplay does not follow the book, starting later in the chronology, which creates the feeling from the beginning that something is missing. The plot has a few changes for the worse although the acting and visuals are good as they should be with such a strong cast. Overall a little disappointing.
Deirdre BradyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 March 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Really liked the use of visuals and locations though
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Personally preferred the book. Movie makes jumps which are unbelievable yet in the book makes more sense. Really liked the use of visuals and locations though.
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