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The Son of No One Reviews

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 15, 2011
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 4, 2011
Muddled cop thriller The Son of No One has a top-drawer cast and a bottom-drawer script.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2011
Life is a struggle, the new film "The Son of No One" makes that explicitly clear. But so is moviemaking, and unfortunately the toil is all too evident in writer-director Dito Montiel's messy, logic-strained third feature.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 4, 2011
It just feels like a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 4, 2011
A laughable police melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 3, 2011
"The Son of No One" self-destructs in a ludicrous, ineptly directed anticlimactic rooftop showdown in which bodies pile up, and nothing makes a shred of sense.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
November 3, 2011
Something is lacking in the dramatic equation.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 3, 2011
This heavy-handed muddle of a cop thriller is just impossibly bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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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
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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.