It all feels convenient and obvious, as do such casting decisions as hiring Liotta to play his millionth cop role and Pacino to play his billionth mobster.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cop corruption exposé attempts to be hard-hitting, but is obvious and wholly unconvincing.
There's a real flavor to the subway-platform offices, cramped projects and rooftop sanctuaries captured here. Montiel does a fine job of protecting, and serving, this specific city hood.
It's as if Montiel, who also wrote the script, came up with a cool idea and then had no idea how to spin it out into an even minimally plausible story.
| Original Score: 5/10
Apparently nobody in The Son of No One has heard of self-defense and accidents.
A few individual performances survive-Liotta finds a little of his old edge, and Pacino briefly revisits Serpico territory-but they're smothered in the slow-burning absurdity.
| Original Score: C-
Here's a bad movie with hardly a bad scene. How can that be? The construction doesn't flow. The story doesn't engage.
The more that secret comes out, the more incoherent (and ludicrous) the film gets.
You can see why actors want to work with Montiel, but actors are notoriously bad judges of whether good scenes will ever add up to a worthwhile movie, which is exactly the problem here.
The Son of No One is so heavy and depressing it just becomes a slog.
| Original Score: 2/5
Montiel cares little about plot logic or even the remotest connection with reality... but, as in the director's previous work, some terrific acting emerges from the absurd script.
Tatum mainly sits around looking like a pitiable bump on a log while Ray Liotta, as a corrupt superior, makes his patented Intensaface.
| Original Score: 1/5
If you've got genuine New York gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe, chances are Dito Montiel wants to shoot it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Any hopes that three movies may have improved Dito Montiel as a filmmaker probably should have been left at the door of the Eccles Theater.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Performances are strong across the board, and the movie offers a solid sense of place. But the mysteries, once explained, don't make a lot of sense.
An utter mess.
Almost a great film, SON OF NO ONE is ruined by some truly boneheaded editorial tricks during the conclusion.
| Original Score: 6/10