Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 14, 2013
    Take the backroom political machinations of "Lincoln," add in the showbiz sleight of hand of "Argo," and you’ll get something like No, a cunning and richly enjoyable combination of high-stakes drama and media satire.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 7, 2013
    No succeeds, wonderfully, because it knows how to sell itself. It is cool, witty, technically dazzling in a low-key and convincing way.
  3. Reviewed by: Omer M. Mozaffar
    Mar 6, 2013
    The film becomes a sort of boxing match, getting more intense with each round, building to an exciting finish.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 13, 2013
    The movie — the third in a trilogy of powerful political dramas from Larraín, including "Tony Manero" and "Post Mortem" — uses period detail, archival footage, and '80s-era technology to create an excellently authentic, bleached, crummy-looking document of a great democratic accomplishment.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 12, 2013
    The essential thrust here is both knowing and undeniable: No is pitched at the pivot point when the image makers were brazen enough to push ideology to the side. Considering how high the stakes were, it’s amazing they almost didn’t get the gig.
  6. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feb 28, 2013
    It’s the rare political satire that can sound the depths of irony as No does and still end on a note of ambivalent hope.
  7. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Feb 18, 2013
    The best movie ever made about Chilean plebiscites, NO thoroughly deserves its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Feb 16, 2013
    Like "Argo" or "Zero Dark Thirty," the film dramatizes a fertile subject — in this instance, the language of advertising in modern politics.
  9. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 16, 2013
    A troubling, exhilarating and ingeniously realized film that’s part stirring political drama and part devilish media satire.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 14, 2013
    Even if No is not the whole truth — and no film is — its pungent dialogue and involving characters tell a delicious and very pertinent tale. And the messages it delivers, its thoughts on the workings of democracy and the intricacies of personality, are just as valuable and entertaining — maybe even more so.
  11. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 6, 2013
    Marshall McLuhan called advertising the greatest art form of the 20th century. In No, Pablo Larraín’s sly, smart, fictionalized tale about the art of the sell during a fraught period in Chilean history, advertising isn’t only an art; it’s also a way of life.
  12. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Apr 4, 2013
    The Oscar-nominated No has the gritty feel of a foreign film from the 1970s. As such, it may take a few minutes for most moviegoers to adjust to its rhythms. Ironically for a film about advertising, there’s nothing slick about it — and therein lies much of its greatness.
  13. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 25, 2013
    No is an exploration of the power of the media to manipulate hearts and minds. The moral of the story: Always go positive.
  14. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 14, 2013
    A political drama, a personal drama, a sharp-eyed study of how the media manipulate us from all sides, No reels and ricochets with emotional force.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 7, 2013
    No is a comedy, but of a dangerous sort. Its eyes are open and the laughs tend to stick in your throat.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 21, 2013
    No grabs you hard, no mercy, and keeps you riveted.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 16, 2013
    For anyone fascinated by the political process and the powers of persuasive advertising, No is a resounding yes.
  18. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 26, 2013
    No is anything but a somber political tract; it’s a little bit of a thriller, and more than a little bit of a comedy.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike D Angelo
    Feb 13, 2013
    The result is the most unexpectedly riotous comedy in years — one with more bite than usual.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Feb 15, 2013
    This movie is must-see for anyone studying journalism, language or publicity. It shows how the perception a people have from reality is is shaped by media. The movie shows both sides of politics, and both of them can be said to present only true facts. Nevertheless, the interpretation of facts is what will make our perception of "truth". The movie shows the political campaing in a very light and funny manner, never ignoring the harships Chileans went through during Pinochet's dictatorship. Full Review »
  2. Jun 30, 2013
    It's slow, it's dry, it's deliberately ugly, and you know how the story will end. If you grab some popcorn and expect to be entertained, No will bore you to death, but if you have any interest in the mechanisms of democracy, marketing, and the ways they intersect, the film won't disappoint you. Just treat it as a quasi-documentary meant to educate, to portray the events Wikipedia-style and nothing more. Full Review »
  3. cbf
    Feb 20, 2013
    Interesting movie, about an important event in the history of democracy, it shows the heroes beside the tv, politicians, etc, with this movie we can learn the power of communication of the journalism, deserve an Oscar you must see Full Review »