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

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94

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

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

97

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 1

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

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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,

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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (101) | Rotten (7) | DVD (8)

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Although it might make your head spin, this case of Vertigo in cyberspace keeps us spellbound.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Tell No One is a thoroughly absorbing whodunit with more twists and switchbacks than the Le Mans racecourse.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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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.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Tell No One is a French action thriller and murder mystery that doesn't cheat.

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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These classy people are put to the trashiest ends, and, for the most part, it's a pleasure to see them rooting around in the garbage.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

October 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

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.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
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

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

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

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine
GreenCine

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.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Easily one of the best films of the year.

November 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Modern Fabulousity
Modern Fabulousity

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.

October 11, 2008 Full Review Source: IdentityTheory
IdentityTheory

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

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

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

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

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

September 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
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.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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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!
October 22, 2012
itsjustme2004

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
August 21, 2011
harrycaul

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,
May 26, 2011
emilebond007

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.
February 3, 2011
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  • Tell No One (Ne le dis a personne) (DE)
  • Tell No One (Ne le dis a personne) (UK)
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