The critics agree: In Secret was plagiarized from the 1867 novel Thérèse Raquin! Sacrebleu!
Andrew Crump of Movie Mezzanine points out the glaring similarities between In Secret’s plot and “perhaps the most infamous work from French author and father of la littérature putride, Emile Zola.”
Newark Star-Ledger‘s Stephen Whitty backs up his claim, noting “It’s a familiar story.” A little too familiar.
We guess J. R. Jones at Chicago Reader is okay with literary theft, because he loved the film: “it’s most remarkable”!
Examiner.com’s Chris Sawin worries this isn’t an isolated incident: “How many times has this story been done?” Excellent question, Chris. Let’s investigate.
Perry Seibert of TV Guide’s Movie Guide sums it up best: “fail.”