'The Son of No One' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
17%
Rotten Tomatoes:   38 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    The more that secret comes out, the more incoherent (and ludicrous) the film gets.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Dziemianowicz New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Something is lacking in the dramatic equation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    The Son of No One is so heavy and depressing it just becomes a slog.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    This heavy-handed muddle of a cop thriller is just impossibly bad.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    A laughable police melodrama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    38
    It's all very messy and entirely too obvious at the same time.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    30
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    38
    The sort of movie Channing Tatum made BEFORE "Magic Mike" and "Jump Street."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jules Brenner Cinema Signals
    40
    A film disaster with more loose ends than granny's wig.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    40
    Montiel constantly over-directs and over-edits, underlining certain points that have already been made clear. It's gritty and moody, but with little dramatic effect.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Grae Drake Movies.com
    10
    The Son of No One makes me feel like a teacher whose student has very obviously plagiarized their final paper of the semester.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    40
    a high pitched melodrama
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    38
    It's gritty and moody, but with no emotional or dramatic effect.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Whitty Newark Star-Ledger
    38
    It just feels like a mess.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    34
    Muddled cop thriller The Son of No One has a top-drawer cast and a bottom-drawer script.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    Feature as a whole feels fogged, attempting to communicate a persistence of shame in the most scattered, accommodating manner imaginable. In other words, it's a typical Dito Montiel motion picture.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    40
    It's messy when it needs to be engaging; choppy when it needs to draw us in.
    Full Review » 3 years ago