Tell No One


Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30

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  1. Tell No One's plot thickens in about five ways at once, but they're all connected. The issue of how is a riddle that does more than tease --gives you an itch you won't want to stop scratching.
  2. 91
    The title Tell No One recalls the days when ads proclaimed, "No one will be seated after the first 15 minutes" and "Be considerate of your neighbors: Don't give away the ending of this picture." Both rules apply to this canny, refreshingly emotional and intuitive thriller.
  3. Spicing up the entire package is a screenplay by Canet and Philippe Lefebvre that bristles with wit and energy.
  4. 90
    It’s Cluzet’s intense performance that makes this genre piece a heart-wrenching experience.
  5. 90
    Crisply and competently filmed, Tell No One is an intriguing sample of new-school French cinema at the more commercial end of the spectrum.
  6. Beautifully written and acted, Tell No One is a labyrinth in which to get deliriously lost.
  7. Thrillers aren't always so thrilling, but Tell No One is -- and absorbing, sometimes perplexing and often stirring as well.
  8. Author Coben, who says he is a fan of "stories that move you, that grab hold of your heart and do not let it go," has gotten a film that does exactly that.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Indeed, you could argue that Tell No One is a variant on one of Hitchcock's favorite themes: the running man whose story no one (except us in the audience) believes. These fictions, of course, depend for their success on the French respect for rationalism (and their horror when reason is torn asunder by criminal irrationality).
  10. 90
    Cluzet's brooding performance propels the movie, and writer-director Guillaume Canet, best known here for his own acting work in "Joyeux Noel" and "Love Me If You Dare," skillfully orchestrates the cascading revelations.
  11. 88
    The movie brims over with action -- check out Alex's run through traffic on the Paris beltway -- but Canet scores a triumph by plumbing the violence of the mind.
  12. A terrific mystery, equal parts haunting love story and nimble thriller.
  13. 88
    Even when it's baffling, it's never boring. I've heard of airtight plots. This one is not merely airtight, but hermetically sealed.
  14. The result is one of the twistiest thrillers in recent memory.
  15. It's a solid study in paranoia and gamesmanship.
  16. 83
    In the fine tradition of well-made thrillers, it's enough that it all feels solid at the moment, and the final revelations are unexpected and seemingly inevitable.
  17. 80
    Tell No One is a French variation on "The Fugitive," but it's a more subtle, discreet animal.
  18. 80
    Among the movie's many delights are the fluctuating rhythms of its pacing, an atmospheric volatility that sets off the doctor's blooming paranoia against his sunlit, leafy surroundings, and a terrific cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas.
  19. 80
    A crafty, swift, subtly stylish thriller.
  20. Has everything a great personal-paranoia/persecution movie needs.
  21. Reviewed by: Priya Jain
    It's difficult to enjoy a thriller in which the big reveal is such a clunker, but if there's an exception to that rule, Tell No One might be it.
  22. Canet and Lefevre pruned subplots and fixed the novel's ending -- it's now merely preposterous rather than patently absurd – but it's the cast that makes the genre clichés feel vivid and even fresh.
  23. 75
    The story starts at a low boil and quickly heats up, but the problem with Tell No One--a common problem with contemporary pulp literature--is that at some point, all the narrative's intriguing questions resolve with prosaic answers, delivered in long, convoluted speeches by people wielding guns.
  24. Enough talk; enough flashbacks. Sometimes the best thing a mystery can do is give its protagonist a reason to run like hell.
  25. It just does everything really well: perfect pacing, lovely camera work, spot-on acting and an ingenious plot.
  26. Canet has a good feeling for lowlife atmosphere and he works up a few fine Hitchcockian twirls. Kristin Scott Thomas and Nathalie Baye round out the sleek cast.
  27. The result is a whodunit so nicely crafted that you're tempted to forgive the Byzantine plot -- hell, you're even tempted to pretend you actually understand its twisting obscurities.
  28. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    Though almost laughably intricate in its plotting, this thoroughly Gallic adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel reps an entertaining sophomore outing for thesp-turned-director Guillaume Canet.
  29. 63
    The story becomes so convoluted and contrived that much of the tension dissipates.
  30. 63
    Once the final character has put the last puzzle piece in place, courtesy of an epic explanation, a kind of relief sets in: Someone just needed to spell it all out. It does not entirely help.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    I just can't resist. I know my reaction to French films; but I hope I will encounter one that is good. Maybe it's because of the culture andI just can't resist. I know my reaction to French films; but I hope I will encounter one that is good. Maybe it's because of the culture and language gap. But they just do not work. Here is another example of the critics trying to make me believe that "the emperor is wearing clothes"; but as usual he is not! This is a long ridiculous film. There is no one to root for. Characters come in and out at breakneck speed. Just as I thought I know who someone was and what their motivation might be, how they relate to the hero, another "huh?" moment. I hung on to see what was happening, but around half-way in, I started to use the dreaded fast forward button. I could not have cared any less about any of these people (okay, maybe the gangster who saves our hero; how did he find him? was he tracking him too?) The police and prosecutors are presented as bumbling fools, jumping to conclusions (save for one who is unbelievable at not continuing his chase of the hero). The defense lawyer based on nothing but some, I say some, circumstantial evidence is ready to give up on her client. Ah you say characters that do not conform; that's different, worth watching. I was shown one thing, a certain way, and then a different way. I guess no on is enlightened about the dangers of smoking; does everyone in France smoke? Even the doctors? And the grand finale, a character who conveniently sits down, makes the hero sit, and said to me, "okay, you relax too, I'll explain everything) and spells out very single detail of what went on. The filmmakers must have known no one would be able to figure it out, let alone care. I could tell you where to go to so you donâ Full Review »
  2. Feb 20, 2012
    Something was missing, the movie was not as good as the book. Harlan Coben is a good writer. Turning one of his book into a movie wasSomething was missing, the movie was not as good as the book. Harlan Coben is a good writer. Turning one of his book into a movie was challenging this result is not as good as I expected even Canet is a good director. Full Review »
  3. Andrew
    May 16, 2009
    Eric L. is a bit harsh. I'm not a lifelong left-winger and so didn't find the smug, pretentious leftist cant that annoying. ItEric L. is a bit harsh. I'm not a lifelong left-winger and so didn't find the smug, pretentious leftist cant that annoying. It comes with the territory in French cinema. I did, however, find my jaw hitting the floor that a movie can be so engaging and fun for 1:45 and then spend its final 15 minutes staggering me with how it has transformed into a third-rate miniseries or a Lifetime Original soap opera. I liked nearly all of it; however, be forewarned about the climax and denouement. If you have a brain you will feel completely insulted. Full Review »