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  • Summary: In this searing police thriller, Jonathan is a second-generation cop who gets in over his head when he's assigned to re-open a double homicide cold case in his Queens neighborhood. An anonymous source feeding new information on the long-unsolved murders to a local reporter leads to evidence suggesting a possible cover-up by the former lead detective who was on the investigation. As Jonathan digs deeper into the assignment, a dark secret about the case emerges, which threatens to destroy his life and his family. (Anchor Bay Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Oct 31, 2011
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 2, 2011
    It's kind of fun to watch Pacino and Liotta and Tatum and James Ransone, as Jonathan's foulmouthed partner, as they roar at each other and suck the marrow from the hambone. You can see why actors want to work with Montiel, but actors are notoriously bad judges of whether good scenes will ever add up to a worthwhile movie, which is exactly the problem here.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 4, 2011
    Neither goofy enough for camp status nor lackluster enough for extreme derision, Son of No One is just mediocre enough to be an easy target.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 2, 2011
    The more that secret comes out, the more incoherent (and ludicrous) the film gets.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 3, 2011
    This heavy-handed muddle of a cop thriller is just impossibly bad.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 3, 2011
    The Son of No One self-destructs in a ludicrous, ineptly directed anticlimactic rooftop showdown in which bodies pile up, and nothing makes a shred of sense.
  7. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 1, 2011
    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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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    Sure enough a screenplay which could turn a giant movie it became to a ordinary one, The Son Of No One is less than a passable film, Katie Holmes doesnâ Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2012
    What a waste of a great cast... What starts as a auspicious thriller ends up as being, well, plain boring. Non of the scenes really add up, and the narrative is horrendous. Great mess... Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2011
    The Son of No One tells that tale of a police officer (Channing Tatum) who did some terrible things when he was a boy and is now repenting but someone is telling a newspaper about the incidents and it threatens to expose him and ruin his new life with his wife (Katie Holmes) and daughter. That being said the best thing about Son of No One is the story and the ideas and questions it poses. It does actually leave you thinking at the end. However that being said the ending itself is so remarkably over the top and idiotic it stops you asking those questions for some time because you are too busy trying to unravel the stupidity you just endured. The acting is wooden at the best of times with the best performance coming from 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan as a mentally damaged man who is scarred from the events of his childhood. The script is passable and does a decent job of managing the multiple characters even though some of them are entirely redundant (Juliette Binoche). This could have been a decent little film with a rewrite of the end and a few tweaks to the pace. The main problem is the pacing of the film which is trying so hard for a dark tone that it slows down considerably making The Son of No One, one of the slowest movie experiences ever. Its just so painfully dull at times that a scene that should come off as shocking just makes you long for the end. Its a shame because it has a lot going for it but it was just let down by the actors, the ending and the unbearable slowness. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2013
    It's very muddled and cheesy. Dito Montiel returns with Channing Tatum and Ray Liotta in The Son Of No One. It's a waste of a good cast. At least Al Pacino made the film. It's very corny, long and bad. Ignore at all costs, it's hatred for even the best actors in Hollywood history. What a shameless piece of crap. Expand