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Don't Say a Word Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
October 21, 2002
Fleder can only fling the camera about and indulge in some familiar screen sadism ... as he tries to squeeze a few thrills from material as desiccated as his leading man.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 20, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 4, 2001
In the place of consistent psychological tension, we are saddled with shoot-outs, chases, and fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 2, 2001
As an odyssey of paternal qualm, Fleder's forgettable thriller has a convincing edge, and Douglas remains unchallenged as Hollywood's most tremulous and disquieting dad-under-pressure.
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October 1, 2001
A well-crafted thriller that breaks no new ground but is an exciting diversion with plausible twists of logic and an exciting climax.
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September 28, 2001
A big, noisy mess, with a howler at its center.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 28, 2001
It's a Hollywood movie, not a good movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 28, 2001
Every bit as predictable, shopworn and unappetizing as its premise suggests.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 28, 2001
It all gets back to that suspension of disbelief. Are you willing to make the leap?
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 28, 2001
I kept wondering when Glenn Close would show up. And, by the end, I wished she would.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2001
Maybe the less said about Don't Say a Word the better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 28, 2001
A stupid, brutal and nonsensical picture.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 28, 2001
An efficient, workmanlike thriller that hits many of the right buttons and finds surprises in the psychopath- psychotherapist dynamic.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 28, 2001
Tight enough, preposterous enough and slick enough to keep bathroom traffic to a minimum. It is, in other words, the very definition of a good home rental.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 28, 2001
With all the convolutions, this is still the kind of ho-hum movie that will allow you to catch up on your bill paying when you finally catch it on HBO.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 28, 2001
Until it collapses into a pile of contrivances, Don't Say a Word makes for a serviceable, workmanlike thriller.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2001
Don't Say a Word is smart, stylish and, most important, satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 28, 2001
This is one of those many movies where there's nothing terribly wrong, and yet it still never feels even remotely right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 28, 2001
Don't Say a Word is a potboiler, but one that comes with all the trimmings.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
September 28, 2001
Its story seems merely an excuse for its all-too- familiar recycling of suspense-movie ideas.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
September 28, 2001
The technical credits are good, but its producers should have trusted the audience more and messed less with the book.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2001
The movie as a whole looks and occasionally plays better than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
September 28, 2001
The problem faced by Don't Say a Word is that it's hard to care about characters who make cardboard look complex and multifaceted.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 27, 2001
A confused and confusing enterprise.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
September 27, 2001
Nothing more than one more run-of- the-mill, surprise-free, suspense programmer.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
September 27, 2001
Though it does insult us, ultimately, it's never less than riveting.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
September 27, 2001
The movie's narrative -- which covers 10 years and several initially unrelated characters -- is confusing at first, then just irritating.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 27, 2001
Don't Say a Word is a Michael Douglas movie that never stops feeling like a Michael Douglas movie, even when it ought to stop feeling like one.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2001
Enjoyable escapism.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2001
The heart of the movie is dull.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 27, 2001
Don't Say a Word has almost nothing new to offer.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 27, 2001
Familiar but stylishly done thriller.
| Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2001
Sadistically proficient at the old 'turn of the screw.'