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  • Summary: Based on the celebrated Italian novel "La Bestia nel Cuore," Don't Tell is the mesmerizing story of a woman's journey into her past and the aftermath of confronting personal demons long hidden beneath the surface of her psyche. (Lions Gate Entertainment)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
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  1. Powerfully moving but laced with incisive wit, Don't Tell has terrific performances with a wise tone and polished look.
  2. Don't Tell often has the eerie feel of a Hitchcock film -- "Vertigo" in particular -- where you're not always sure if what you're seeing is really happening.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    More than in her previous tales of dysfunctional families like "Marriages," she (Comencini) lightens the weight of angst with well-designed subplots, secondary characters and moments of tender humor.
  4. 60
    A persuasive if not groundbreaking drama.
  5. As is typical of contemporary Italian movies, every one of Comencini's women seems on the verge of a hysterical collapse.
  6. 50
    Don’t Tell is intelligent on the schizoid mental strategies of incestuous families, but its style and mood are so heavily drawn from television soap opera, I found myself more absorbed in the seriocomic lesbian subplot that rambles along entertainingly, if irrelevantly, on the periphery.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Just because the goods are made in Italy doesn't mean they're designer-quality; Don't Tell is glossy on the outside, cardboard and staples on the inside.

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