• Released
  • November 4, 2011
  • (Limited 11/4)
  • R , 1 hr 35 min
  • Suspense/Thriller

Slant Magazine

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

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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By 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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The more that secret comes out, the more incoherent (and ludicrous) the film gets.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This heavy-handed muddle of a cop thriller is just impossibly bad.
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Orlando Sentinel

By 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.
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Wall Street Journal

By 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.
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New York Post

By 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.
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Time Out New York

By 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.
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36 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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