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Don't Tell Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 16, 2006
Such tales are the issue du jour stateside, which makes Don't Tell's slavish adherence to Dr. Phil-inspired recovered-memory orthodoxies seem more than a touch ingenuous.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 16, 2006
Goes off on too many tangents from the central story with irrelevant subplots that might actually have been decent movies on their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 17, 2006
Days of Our Lives fans, enjoy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 24, 2006
Don't Tell, Italy's submission for the foreign-language Oscar, has strong performances, but the story takes too long to get off the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 16, 2006
A not-bad soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
March 14, 2006
A paradigmatically mediocre foreign-film-Oscar nominee.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 16, 2006
Comencini translates these tensions from her novel Beast in the Heart with a literal hand that is inclined to underscore anguished looks with explanatory flashbacks.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 16, 2006
Don't Tell, which was unaccountably nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, is no better than a second-tier candidate for the Lifetime Channel.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
October 24, 2005
A crowd-pleasing Italian melodrama... but the humour and the drama do not mix well and Boni and Mezzogiorno never really convince.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 16, 2006
Just because American films frequently exploit repressed memories as a plot device in nasty genre pictures doesn't make the genteel Don't Tell a sophisticated or particularly insightful film.
| Original Score: 2/4
Susan Michals
FilmStew.com
March 21, 2006
The film meanders and becomes painfully arbitrary in its storyline... Child abuse + funny lesbians = hilarious!!!
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 24, 2006
Comencini is attempting to put on some kind of show about modern gender and sexuality issues, but that's all it is: a show, and a fatuous one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
March 17, 2006
It's swiftly paced and never dull, but the heavy-handed symbolism comes fast and thick.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Morgan
Reel.com
March 17, 2006
Here's the problem with Cristina Comencini's Don't Tell: it should have been directed by Pedro Almodovar.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 19, 2006
Though tackling such potentially subversive subjects as incest and lesbianism, this inexplicably Oscar-nominee from Italy is basically a Lifetime Original performed as a magic show.
| Original Score: 2/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
March 16, 2006
A well-acted melodrama with some engaging characters and a storyline that holds the attention
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 17, 2006
It manages to treat a disturbing subject without despairing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2005
Powerfully moving but laced with incisive wit.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2006
A persuasive if not groundbreaking drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Deborah Young
Variety
March 16, 2006
The lifelong shame and trauma experienced by the victims of childhood incest are grippingly dramatized by Cristina Comencini, consummate mistress of Italian family drama, in Don't Tell, probably her most successful film.
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