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Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) (2006)


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 101
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: An intense, well-crafted thriller, Tell No One is equal parts heart-pounding and heart-wrenching.

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 32
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: An intense, well-crafted thriller, Tell No One is equal parts heart-pounding and heart-wrenching.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 32,751


Movie Info

An innocent man is on the run after he's accused of murder and his spouse seemingly returns from the grave in this thriller from France. Alex Beck (François Cluzet) is a doctor who has slowly been putting his life back together after his wife Margot was murdered by a serial killer. Eight years on, Alex is doing well enough until he finds himself implicated in the murder of two people, with plenty of evidence pointing to him as the killer even though he knows nothing of the crimes. The same day, … More

Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Guillaume Canet , Philippe Lefebvre
In Theaters:
Mar 31, 2009
Box Office:
Music Box Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (101) | Rotten (7) | DVD (8)

Canet has a good feeling for lowlife atmosphere and he works up a few fine Hitchcockian twirls.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

By and large, Tell No One is more interested in telling a knotty story than pondering its meaning, but in those rare deeper moments, Canet evokes how a tragedy can gather around a man and linger there, like a cloud of gnats.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

Although it might make your head spin, this case of Vertigo in cyberspace keeps us spellbound.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Tell No One is a thoroughly absorbing whodunit with more twists and switchbacks than the Le Mans racecourse.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A whodunit so nicely crafted that you're tempted to forgive the Byzantine plot -- hell, you're even tempted to pretend you actually understand its twisting obscurities.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Tell No One is a French action thriller and murder mystery that doesn't cheat.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Until an exposition flood so mammoth it has cresting waves, "Tell No One" is as eloquent as it is intricate - a superior depiction of crime, corruption, shame and secrecy. A French-language "Fugitive" with wind-sprint intensity and immediacy.

Full Review… | October 23, 2010

While it's hardly a great film, Tell No One is the rare convoluted thriller that actually makes you want to keep up with its far-fetched twists and turns.

Full Review… | September 11, 2010

This twisty yarn is meant to leave you as discombobulated as its hero, an innocent man on the run from cops, thugs and killers. Hitchcock would have liked seeing him squirm.

Full Review… | December 24, 2009
Florida Times-Union

Canet has covered his bases with enough swooping camerawork, narrative smoke-and-mirrors, and quick-sketched supporting characters for a dozen thrillers

Full Review… | August 8, 2009

Tell No One has shades of Hitchcock's Vertigo -- and not to its detriment. [An] extremely gripping and fascinating suspense film.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009

Initially complex, the piece's grip loosens with the introduction of a transparent villain, but it remains an entertaining thriller bolstered by Cluzet's appropriately angst-driven performance.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Creative Loafing

Easily one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | November 17, 2008
Modern Fabulousity

An absorbing thriller, one that works its narrative complications over a genuinely moving emotional foundation and is spiked with just enough dark humor to keep it from becoming overly serious.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Q Network Film Desk

...the pleasures here are more visceral than cerebral or emotional. It's really more of a thrill ride than the sort of art-house talkie you might expect

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

As brisk as things become, clarity wins out, as the hand-held camerawork Bourne for many a chase sequence has no place here.

Full Review… | October 11, 2008

This is one of the most intelligent, satisfying, beautifully plotted adrenalin boosts you're ever likely to experience at the movies.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Jam! Movies

A well-paced journey through knotty conspiracies and ever-shifting alliances, executed with great style and grace.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Las Vegas Weekly

The French thriller Tell No One shows Hollywood how to make a knotty mystery that's both logical and deeply satisfying.

Full Review… | September 7, 2008
Washington Times

Canet stages some breakneck chases, particularly one where Alex crosses a busy freeway, and corrals an array of fascinating characters to populate this twisty but entirely logical plot.

September 5, 2008
Salt Lake Tribune

It's a potboiler -- not groundbreaking or brilliant, but solidly entertaining.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008

Audience Reviews for Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)


Excellent movie. Good, and believable acting. Fast paced, satisfyingly intricate plot with lots of suspense. This was not one of those films where you can foresee how things are going to work out--and are usually disappointingly right-- after the first few minutes. Far superior to the other foreign films I have seen in this genre. Very well done!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A good little French thriller based on a novel by Harlan Coben. A doctor whose wife was brutally murdered eight years before receives an e-mail purporting to have been sent by the dead woman herself. Meanwhile, the police have reopened the case in the light of fresh evidence, all of which - unfortunately for him - points to the husband as the killer. Although the plot eventually twists and turns itself beyond the bounds of plausibility, Tell No One remains an intellectually stimulating and - thanks to the strong central performance of François Cluzet - an emotionally satisfying piece of work. Beware, a Hollywood remake is in the offing :S

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

Sometimes, Ne le Dis à Personne should have chosen to go for the drama instead of so much thriller, or the opposite. But it had to chose and it remained uneven between both. Both sides still worked and made of it all a great movie that deserved all the recognition,

Emile Tremblay

Super Reviewer

After skinny-dipping with his wife, a man wakes to find himself beaten and her dead. Eight years later he receives anonymous footage of her looking directly at the camera in a train station. As mounting evidence lead the police to pursue him for the murder, he must fight to find the truth about her death - if she is even dead - in this superbly constructed thriller.
As I watch many American thrillers, I notice that most writers and directors emphasize either the action sequences or the intrigue. And virtually every night we're inundated with police procedurals like CSI and Cold Case. Tell No One succeeds because it is able to combine the best of both worlds. The primary action sequence - a chase scene - actually succeeds in compelling our interest because we care about the outcome. In Salt, for example, we don't really care about the initial chase sequence because we know that she's going to get away; she has to otherwise the film won't continue. But that's not the case here. Thus, there is built-in suspense as we wonder about the outcome.
Additionally, in most thrillers when we meet the "bad" guy, the mystery is over. But here, information is given so sparingly and efficiently that the final reveal actually has some effect. Tell No One succeeds in keeping the characters ahead of us without leaving us in the dark. Essentially, we actually get to watch smart people solve the mystery.
Overall, Tell No One is a thoroughly engrossing thriller that is almost perfectly constructed.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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