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Rated PG · 114 minutes · 2013

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Ben Stiller stars in a film that seriously modernizes James Thurber’s classic tale. Stiller’s bigger contribution, however, is as a director. He also co-wrote the script, but it’s ultimately Stiller’s steady hand behind the camera and his keen eye for detail that jump out at you. The film is a bit empty between the signature moments he stitches together, either for himself or the girl of his dreams (Kristen Wiig). But between the comic high points and the beautiful international scenery, it’s not a complete letdown. Stiller is a solid choice for the title character, but maybe not in a film he also directs; it feels a tad self-serving. Walter Mitty doesn’t offer the big crescendo it thinks it does and never really materializes beyond a pristine-looking comedy. But at least it’s not another Fockers movie.
Official Site: waltermittymovie.tumblr.com
Director: Ben Stiller
Producer: Samuel Goldwyn Jr., John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller, Gore Verbinski, Meyer Gottlieb and G. Mac Brown
Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt, Adrian Martinez and Olfur Olafsson

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Connect Savannah Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty For all its humanist swagger, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty feels only slightly less synthetic than Velcro. by Matt Brunson 12/25/2013
North Coast Journal Fine Burgundy Retro Hustle and Banks entertain by John J. Bennett 12/26/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa Walter Mitty is no fun Ben Stiller drags down this vanity project. by Anthony Salveggi 12/24/2013
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Inlander Daydream Nation Ben Stiller turns a classic short story into a glorified commercial, albeit a visually stunning one by Curtis Woloschuk 12/26/2013
Portland Mercury A Review in Product Placements The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a commercial, not a movie. by Alison Hallett 12/25/2013
The Coast Halifax The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Great, despite Penn. by Tara Thorne 12/26/2013
East Bay Express The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dreamer turns hero. Why not? by Kelly Vance 12/25/2013
Indy Week Despite Stiller's star turn, Walter Mitty succumbs to CGI overload Ben Stiller stars as the title character, a quiet man living a quiet life but desperate to break out of his shell. by Isaac Weeks 12/18/2013

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