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The Son of No One (2011)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 31

Needless stylistic flourishes and wholly illogical storytelling make The Son of No One a grisly, repugnant journey.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 12

Needless stylistic flourishes and wholly illogical storytelling make The Son of No One a grisly, repugnant journey.



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A young cop is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, and an old secret threatens to destroy his life and his family. -- (C) Anchor Bay


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Dito Montiel

Feb 21, 2012


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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (31) | DVD (2)

Muddled cop thriller The Son of No One has a top-drawer cast and a bottom-drawer script.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
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Life is a struggle, the new film "The Son of No One" makes that explicitly clear. But so is moviemaking, and unfortunately the toil is all too evident in writer-director Dito Montiel's messy, logic-strained third feature.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It just feels like a mess.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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A laughable police melodrama.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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"The Son of No One" self-destructs in a ludicrous, ineptly directed anticlimactic rooftop showdown in which bodies pile up, and nothing makes a shred of sense.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Something is lacking in the dramatic equation.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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...yet another ineffective endeavor from a curiously incompetent filmmaker...

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

"The Son of No One" is terrible, which is really a shame, because it's clearly so heartfelt and sincere.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

The sort of movie Channing Tatum made BEFORE "Magic Mike" and "Jump Street."

December 30, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A film disaster with more loose ends than granny's wig.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Montiel constantly over-directs and over-edits, underlining certain points that have already been made clear. It's gritty and moody, but with little dramatic effect.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Son of No One makes me feel like a teacher whose student has very obviously plagiarized their final paper of the semester.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source:

a high pitched melodrama

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source:

A complex, unpredictable and exhilarating crime thriller that's just as suspenseful and captivating as The Departed.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Comments (8)
NYC Movie Guru

It's messy when it needs to be engaging; choppy when it needs to draw us in.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Feature as a whole feels fogged, attempting to communicate a persistence of shame in the most scattered, accommodating manner imaginable. In other words, it's a typical Dito Montiel motion picture.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

A dreary, pointless, stylistically blowsy film...rendered all but unintelligible by Montiel's messy technique and chaotic narrative choices.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Montiel does a skilful job intertwining the past and present action but the plot always feels thin and the characters underdeveloped.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

The flashbacks to [Channing] Tatum's late '80s childhood are embarrassingly overwrought -- including some of the worst acting of [Al] Pacino's career.

November 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Son of No One

I've been clearing off my movie jammed dvrs the last couple weeks and finally got around to watching this. I wish I had just deleted it and not wasted the time. Channing Tatum stars as a rookie cop who is assigned to case in the neighborhood where he grew up, while harboring a secret that could destroy his career and family. The secret is given away at the beginning of the movie(well most of it), and by time the movie wraps up it had all been pretty predictable and very boring. With a cast also featuring Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Tracey Morgan, and Katie Holmes, you would think this would be pretty good. But, it's a huge letdown. The story is very one dimensional and generic, and the acting is all pretty bad. You can tell these actors just showed up and gave little to no effort. It's easy to see why this was pretty much straight to video. There is so much better out there that this should just be skipped altogether. If you watch this for free like I did, you'll end up wanting your time back.
February 3, 2013
Everett Johnson

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I thought it was pretty good. Nice suspense with a superb cast.
July 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

Cast: Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Juliette Binoche, Al Pacino, John Ransone, Jake Cherry, Brian Gilbert, Roger Guenveur Smith

Director: Dito Montiel

Summary: Channing Tatum stars as a young cop assigned to patrol his old Queens, N.Y., neighborhood, where he uncovers a dangerous secret about a long-unsolved murder.

My Thoughts: "What??? The question is, what is Al freaking Pachino doing in a crapper like this? Is he not being offered better roles? Was he being blackmailed by the Dito? Has he ran out of money? I don't understand??? The movie is just a mess. An whatever story with unfulfilled characters that no one gives a crap about. Who was the guy stealing Grandma's money? Was he related? Random crack head? Did I miss who the hell he was suppose to be? I don't know. I just think this movie was thrown together without much thought. It really suprises me that studios put money behind crap movies, like this one, thinking that a big name like Pachino will sell it. I was shocked to see Juliette Binoche in this as well. She and Pachino are too good for these types of films. End of rant!"
May 26, 2012

Super Reviewer

Writer/director Dito Montiel made a great debut in 2006 with the autobiographical "A Guide To Recognising Your Saints". He made good use of working class, New York locations and assembled an impressive cast. He does the same with this but the end result is far less satisfying.
Jonathan White (Channing Tatum) is a rookie cop who seemingly has the world on his shoulders. He is assigned to the same Precinct of his late father in the same district where he grew up as two unsolved murders from his childhood resurface. These murders may or may not involve him and/or retired Detective Charles Stanford (Al Pacino). Anonymous letters begin to appear from a person who claims to know the identity of the killer and Precinct Captain Marion Mathers (Ray Liotta) wants the case cleared up before it threatens the lives and careers of some possible corrupt cops.
Montiel approaches this with a real gritty realism and the film starts very positively. Name, after recognisable name, appear on the opening credits and the talented cast of excellent performers lead you to believe that this might be something quite special. This belief actually lasts for the first half hour or so, as Montiel builds the layers of his story and employs the use of flashbacks to do so. However, it reaches a point where you realise the film has no sense of urgency and that you're none the wiser as to what the hell is going on. This is not because the story is complicated but because the actions and behaviour of most the characters are frankly baffling. If Montiel had a coherent story to begin with, then he certainly doesn't know how to tell it. It, quite simply, doesn't make sense and the plot holes are insulting. I'd be revealing too much to go into detail but the denouement itself is absolutely ludicrous and you can't help but feel sorry for the actors. Even they have look of bewilderment. I often wonder what great actors see in a script and whether any of them even read this one? I can only assume that some of this film was lost on the cutting-room floor and that in script form it actually made sense because if it didn't, I think everyone involved (including Pacino) should take a sabbatical.
90 mins of unintelligible, inarticulate pap. After this and stinkers like "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill" it would seem that Al is losing his touch in recognising a good crime thriller. In fairness though, this might just come down to a bad case of editorial yips.
May 23, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Detective Charles Stanford: Next time we meet you will be a man. And a man has to learn to live with it.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Captain Marion Mathers: Whoever is writing these letters, seems to be interested in everyone but the actual killers.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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