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The Son of No One

Crime . Thriller . Drama

A rookie cop is assigned to the 118 Precinct in the same district where he grew up. The Precinct Captain starts receiving letters about two unsolved murders that happened many years ago in the housing projects when the rookie cop was just a kid. These letters bring back bad memories and old secrets that begin to threaten his career and break up his family.

Actors: Tracy Morgan , Ray Liotta , James Ransone , Katie Holmes , Juliette Binoche , Al Pacino , Channing Tatum
Directors: Dito Montiel
Country: USA
Release: 2011-07-09
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  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    The Son of No One is driven by mood and atmosphere to the extent that the stakes-free story and interest-free characters seem almost incidental, and such is surely the movie's saving grace -- a perverse style that overshadows a severe lack of substance.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Tatum is touching as the stressed, decent provider trying to make something bad from his past not destroy his future. Yet the real surprise is Tracy Morgan, in a small but transformative role as the heavily medicated adult incarnation of Jonathan's childhood friend.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Neither goofy enough for camp status nor lackluster enough for extreme derision, Son of No One is just mediocre enough to be an easy target.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Even if there were a compelling narrative here to begin with, Montiel's excessive technique would throw you right out of it.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It's kind of fun to watch Pacino and Liotta and Tatum and James Ransone, as Jonathan's foulmouthed partner, as they roar at each other and suck the marrow from the hambone. 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
  • Roger Ebert

    Here's a bad movie with hardly a bad scene. How can that be? The construction doesn't flow. The story doesn't engage. The insistent flashbacks are distracting. The plot has problems it sidesteps. Yet here is a gifted cast doing what it's asked to do. The failure is in the writing and editing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • John DeFore

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Muddled cop thriller The Son of No One has a top-drawer cast and a bottom-drawer script.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The more that secret comes out, the more incoherent (and ludicrous) the film gets.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Filled with competent but unexciting performances and, like its protagonist, is strangely lugubrious.

    Time Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    This heavy-handed muddle of a cop thriller is just impossibly bad.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It's all very messy and entirely too obvious at the same time. Montiel makes the most of his settings, but the story keeps staggering into dead ends.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Despite all the nervous tension, the central drama is flawed - Jonathan isn't trying to find a killer. He is the killer. Something is lacking in the dramatic equation.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    In this case, Montiel's awkward appropriation of gritty crime-drama conventions results in a film that's contrived and implausible, at times absurdly so.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Ineptly written and directed, the nihilistic The Son of No One flaunts an attitude best summed up by a cynical Pacino -- "A man has to live with s--t.'' Maybe so, Al, but audiences have the option of skipping this bomb.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    By the time The Son of No One reaches its wanna-be-tragic finale, you'd like nothing more than to kick this bastard child to the curb.

    Time Out New York Full Review