Can I Tell You a Secret?

Can I Tell You a Secret?

A standard documentary that fails to match the severity of the crimes it covers

6.8

TV Show

United Kingdom
English
Documentary
2024
51 min

TLDR

Women’s stories matter, but this documentary unfortunately isn’t it.

What it's about

Victims of Matthew Hardy, a serial cyberstalker who poses as other people and spreads damaging rumors about them, come forward and bravely share their stories in this two-part documentary.

The take

Can I Tell You a Secret? is a two-hour long documentary that hardly needs to be that long. The stories of the female victims are urgent and important, but the editing doesn’t do them favors. They’re dragged by repetitive music, repeated stock videos, and relentless reenactments, which seem cheesy and unnecessary. The docuseries also buries what I believe should be the main point: misogyny. It’s misogyny that allowed the perpetrator, Matthew Hardy, to harass his female victims for more than 10 years without real consequences; misogyny that blamed the women for sharing revealing photos; misogyny that made the police dismiss their cases as trivial and unimportant. It’s clear that these women need to be taken seriously for anything to get done. Unfortunately, the documentary doesn’t seem all that interested in doing that.

What stands out

At this point, Netflix documentaries are a parody of themselves. The streamer partners with different production studios across different countries, but somehow, in the end, they all carry the same look, sound, and feel, which was intriguing at first, but now feels trite.

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