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4.3

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14

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  1. Nov 6, 2011
    2
    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.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
  2. Nov 20, 2011
    4
    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
  3. Oct 12, 2012
    3
    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...
  4. Nov 12, 2013
    0
    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.
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36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 7, 2011
    40
    Filled with competent but unexciting performances and, like its protagonist, is strangely lugubrious.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 6, 2011
    42
    Muddled cop thriller The Son of No One has a top-drawer cast and a bottom-drawer script.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 4, 2011
    25
    Ineptly written and directed, the nihilistic The Son of No One flaunts an attitude best summed up by a cynical Pacino -- "A man has to live with s--t.'' Maybe so, Al, but audiences have the option of skipping this bomb.