Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 14 out of 32
  1. You would have to have been born yesterday to miss the switcheroos and reeking red herrings planted in this pulp.
  2. This noirish, sourish thriller left me unmoving as well as unmoved.
  3. The movie isn't exactly providing entertaining escape. In fact, the only escape on your mind is going to be the exit door.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    The movie is a big, noisy mess, with a howler at its center: Overrouged psychiatrist Michael Douglas.
  5. This all-day sucker put me to sleep -- though it's possible I retreated out of self-defense.
  6. A miler trying to run a marathon, a fair middleweight idea trying to deliver heavyweight thrills.
  7. Confuses an empty and derivative stylistic bravura with formal cleverness, and a sterile, mechanistic sensationalism with emotional intensity.
  8. 38
    Maybe this is a psychological thriller after all: Every thinking member of the audience will be driven insane.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Don't say you weren't warned. There are instant clues that this ill-timed Michael Douglas vehicle is a dually unfortunate viewing experience.
  10. Thankfully, after its terrific start, Don't Say a Word transmogrifies so totally into Hollywood hooey that it's actually a relief. I'd hate to see a disturbance in the karmic perfection of Douglas's pitch-pure mediocrity.
  11. 10
    A stupid, brutal and nonsensical picture.
  12. Amid a rather routine plot and standard cop-show stylings -- just doesn't add up to much entertainment value.
  13. 25
    Maybe if the story weren't so ludicrous we'd care. Or maybe if the film just went overboard with its ludicrousness, we'd be entertained, but Don't Say a Word is merely boring.
  14. Don't even try to make any sense of this --none of it elicits a moment of genuine concern.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    5
    The acting is good buy everybody involved but overall the movie is is just average. The story is just like every other thriller and goesThe acting is good buy everybody involved but overall the movie is is just average. The story is just like every other thriller and goes through all the same steps like every other thriller. The movie is rated R but really didn't need to be so you wont be missing anything if you just catch this on TV. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2010
    3
    I was really expecting a thriller having to do with Brittany Murphy being insane, but it just becomes an old man solving being a hero. Not inI was really expecting a thriller having to do with Brittany Murphy being insane, but it just becomes an old man solving being a hero. Not in the Sean Connery or Harrison Ford kind of way either. Full Review »