Create Game Lists on
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

Secretary (2002) Movie Information

Your Rating:
Secretary (2002)
Buy Secretary (2002) DVD from AmazonBuy Secretary (2002) DVD from Amazon
        Play Trailer    Write Review +  Request correction + Add to List: Add to movie list 

Overall Rank:


Avg. Rating:


# of Ratings:



Drama, Romance





Theater Date:



Steven Shainberg


Maggie Gyllenhaal
James Spader
Jeremy Davies
Lesley Ann Warren
Stephen McHattie
Patrick Bauchau





Plot Outline:

A story of a secretary who starts a new job and discovers masochism. Her job consists of typeing, filing, making coffee and getting spanked.

Related Movie Lists

Need to see 2002 by Daniel Movies Watched by Sunbutt
Spirit Award Best Feature Nominations by James Top Films of 2002 by Neobowler
movies of 2002 by skater4159 My DVD's: Drama by Snoogans
Top Movie List by Cassie Movies of 2002 by Stoney McStonerson
Top Movie List by htebnna Favorite movies of 2002 by Randall

Quick Movie Reviews

Alaine 12/09/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of

A heart-warming romance showing that there just might be somebody for everybody. Not for the closed-minded or judgmental folks. You'll know if you'll be OK with this movie in the opening scene. Maggie Gyllenhaal is wonderful and James Spader is his usual intense self.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

Snoogans 05/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of

Handles the subject of S&M carefully, with humor and insight. The characters are great and the romance is believable. Maggie delivers a great performance.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

gideon43 05/26/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of

A Rom-Com with a difference, Secretary treads a fine line veering from the uncomfortable to the downright weird. A love story that is honest, refreshing and utterly absorbing with two of the finest acting performances you will ever see. This is a film that is completely un-PC and it may shock and it may disturb but it is always riveting viewing. The two main characters may be a little strange and twisted but you still end up rooting for them all the same. Open your mind, throw off the shackles and enjoy one of the best films of the Noughties.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

Chris Kavan 12/22/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of

Can S&M become mainstream? Probably not, but at least Secretary presents something disdained and presents it as natural, funny, even beautiful thing. It may not change minds, but maybe it will open some.

Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No

Full Movie Reviews


01/20/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not your typical love story!

Lee Halloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a twenty-something girl with serious emotional disorders who is just released from a mental institution. She returns back home, but things haven't changed since her departure. Eventually she falls back into her old pattern, the worst of which is self-mutilation. She, as most self-mutilators do, inflicts bloodletting and pain on herself in order to "feel alive".

She applies for a job as a secretary at a lawyer's office owned by E. Edward Grey and tries frantically to stay sane, but her dysfunctional family isn't helping nor is Mr. Grey, who is a bully of a boss. We understand her submissive nature and why she would be attracted to her domineering boss played by James Spader. He is thoroughly convincing as a repressed, guilt ridden individual who stru...

Rating of

read more +
Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No
Movie God

07/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Secretary" by Yojimbo

What little I knew of this film made me fear it would be an exercise in misogynistic titillation for beer swilling macho louts. How wrong I was. What I discovered was a smart, sexy and insightful analogy for and examination of relationships, and what they represent. What could easily have been misinterpreted as exploitation of an emotionally vulnerable young woman really shows how a relationship is about the needs of the individuals involved, and if they conjoin in such a way as to satisfy both, who is to judge whether or not it is "right" or "wrong"? Maggie Gyllenhaal's evolution from self harming neurotic to happy and fulfilled young woman is far more affirming and positive than the usual Meg Ryan/Hugh Grant/Andie McDowell infested Hallmark moment churned out by the Hollywood conveyor b...

Rating of

read more +
Write comment +View all reviews + Was this review helpful? Yes   No
Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
2017 by Karmand
Top Action Movies by Meghna
Movies I Want To See by M3tr4nk0
My Favorite Films Of 2007 by Lee
Movies First Seen in 2018 by royaluglydudes
Need to see 1953 by Daniel
Movies I Want To See by Rod
My Dramas by Carol




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use