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The Son of No One Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 3, 2011
Cop corruption exposť attempts to be hard-hitting, but is obvious and wholly unconvincing.
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Joe Dziemianowicz
New York Daily News
November 3, 2011
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.
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
November 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Matt Pais
RedEye
November 3, 2011
Apparently nobody in The Son of No One has heard of self-defense and accidents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 3, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2011
Here's a bad movie with hardly a bad scene. How can that be? The construction doesn't flow. The story doesn't engage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 2, 2011
The more that secret comes out, the more incoherent (and ludicrous) the film gets.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 2, 2011
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.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 2, 2011
The Son of No One is so heavy and depressing it just becomes a slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
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.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 1, 2011
Tatum mainly sits around looking like a pitiable bump on a log while Ray Liotta, as a corrupt superior, makes his patented Intensaface.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2011
If you've got genuine New York gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe, chances are Dito Montiel wants to shoot it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
February 1, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 31, 2011
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.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
January 29, 2011
An utter mess.
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 25, 2011
Almost a great film, SON OF NO ONE is ruined by some truly boneheaded editorial tricks during the conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 15, 2011
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