The Son of No One

2011

The Son of No One

Critics Consensus

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

16%

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Total Count: 37

22%

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User Ratings: 5,689
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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

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Detective Charles Stanford
Channing Tatum
as Jonathan 'Milk' White (Adult)
James Ransone
as Officer Thomas Prudenti
Ray Liotta
as Captain Marion Mathers
Katie Holmes
as Kerry White
Ursula Parker
as Charlotte 'Charlie' White
Tracy Morgan
as Vincent Carter (Adult)
Jake Cherry
as Jonathan 'Milk' White (Young)
Brian Gilbert
as Vinny Carter (Young)
Simone Jones
as Vicky (Young)
Juliette Binoche
as Lauren Bridges
Michael Rivera
as Dominican Nada Puerto Rican
Sean Cregan
as Martinez
Peter Tambakis
as Dispatcher Numnuts
Marilyn Dobrin
as Grandma White
Decorte Snipes
as Vicky (Adult)
Craig Walker
as Other Cop
Johnnie Mae
as Vinny's Mother
Oberon Ka Adjipong
as Vinny's Mother's Boyfriend
Oberon K.A. Adjepong
as Vinny's Mother's Boyfriend
Tony Vasquez
as Hector J. Ulysses
Pat Kiernan
as News Reporter #1
Gisella Marango
as News Reporter #2
Ralph Rodriguez
as Young Latino
George James
as Grandpa
Paul Poplawski
as Officer Pregnant Bitch
Michelle Walnum
as News Reporter Walnum
Iesha Richardson
as Top Floor Aisha
Dito Montiel
as Vomit Bum
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Audience Reviews for The Son of No One

  • Feb 03, 2013
    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.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2012
    Channing Tatum's performance is the best reason to check out this film. The film was so so. It needed a rewrite. It reminded me of movies like Brooklyn's Finest, Narc, and Sleepers. The opening scene of the film should have been the flashback murder. The structure is a little off, since the film goes back and fourth between the present and the flashbacks. Acting wise, Pacino is good as usual. I feel like I have seen him play this role before. Same goes with Ray Liotta. Juliette Binoche and Katie Holmes provide solid supporting work here. Tracy Morgan is miscast as Vincent. Dito Montiel did a much better job, directing wise, with A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints than this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2012
    I liked it despite Ray Liota being in it. This isn't Tatum's best performance, but it wasn't his worst either. Plus, that moustache is kinda sexy.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2012
    I don't know if this is as much a bad as it is one that is simply underdeveloped. At least as far as the script goes. I've no idea how the book, written by the writer and director of this film, reads, but the script for this movie isn't any good. At all. The script is an absolute mess. The idea behind the story isn't necessarily a bad one, but it's poorly executed. There's no real tension to anything, despite the story being, in many ways, a thriller. None of the actors really stand out in any way, despite a cast with some (note: I said SOME) talented people. I have no clue what the point of the story was, it all gets muddled and nothing stands out. Channing Tatum is perfectly fine in his role here, but he doesn't have the skills to pull of this type of role. The role that requires him to have built up anger and frustration over 20 years to the point where he's about to go over the edge. He just doesn't capture that in this film. And again, he isn't bad in this movie at all. He's just simply there, doesn't add anything to the movie unfortunately but he doesn't detract from it either. The story is just simply too preposterous to really care all that much. I think the script needed more time to be developed into a more coherent and engaging storyline. Then again you could say that for almost any film that has a deficiency, so it shouldn't be an excuse. The script should've been better, absolutely, but it isn't and you can obviously tell with the finished product. I wouldn't exactly recommend it unless you can't use Netflix because you have a bandwidth cap (40 gb) and you have to rely on Starz/Encore on Demand movies. This is what has happened to me, otherwise I probably wouldn't have watched this at all. As it stands, watch if you must but this film is no good.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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