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Son of No One


A young cop (Channing Tatum) is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, where an old secret threatens to destroy his family.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Gritty, violent NYC drama is for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gritty police drama set in New York City in the months following 9/11 begins (in flashback) as a scared, cornered young boy shoots and kills a violent man and then accidentally kills another man. There's a good deal of blood, plus several more killings later in the movie and strong verbal violence. Sexual content is limited to once scene, but it's a very disturbing one in which a grown man gives oral sex to a pre-teen boy (the act is shown from a distance, and the man's head is seen hovering over the boy's crotch). Language is nearly constant, with "f--k" in almost every sentence.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. Is it necessary to the story? How would such a violent childhood affect the main character growing up?
  • Do you consider any of the characters role models? Are they intended to be?
  • Did the police do the right thing in trying to protect Jonathan and cover up his crimes? Is it true that no one cares about his victims?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Rotten: The Son of No One is so heavy and depressing it just becomes a slog.

- James Rocchi, MSN Movies, Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fresh: There's a real flavor to the subway-platform offices, cramped projects and rooftop sanctuaries captured here. Montiel does a fine job of protecting, and serving, this specific city hood.

- Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News, Thursday, November 3, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I thought it was pretty good. Nice suspense with a superb cast.

- CreedsDelight, Friday, July 27, 2012

1 star

Cast: Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Juliette Binoche, Al Pacino, John Ransone, Jake Cherry, Brian Gilbert, Roger Guenveur Smith Director: Dito Montiel Summary: Channing Tatum stars as a young cop assigned to patrol his old Queens, N.Y., neighborhood, where he uncovers a dangerous secret about a long-unsolved murder. My Thoughts: "What??? The question is, what is Al freaking Pachino doing in a crapper like this? Is he not being offered better roles? Was he being blackmailed by the Dito? Has he ran out of money? I don't understand??? The movie is just a mess. An whatever story with unfulfilled characters that no one gives a crap about. Who was the guy stealing Grandma's money? Was he related? Random crack head? Did I miss who the hell he was suppose to be? I don't know. I just think this movie was thrown together without much thought. It really suprises me that studios put money behind crap movies, like this one, thinking that a big name like Pachino will sell it. I was shocked to see Juliette Binoche in this as well. She and Pachino are too good for these types of films. End of rant!"

- LWOODS04, Saturday, May 26, 2012

1 star

Writer/director Dito Montiel made a great debut in 2006 with the autobiographical "A Guide To Recognising Your Saints". He made good use of working class, New York locations and assembled an impressive cast. He does the same with this but the end result is far less satisfying. Jonathan White (Channing Tatum) is a rookie cop who seemingly has the world on his shoulders. He is assigned to the same Precinct of his late father in the same district where he grew up as two unsolved murders from his childhood resurface. These murders may or may not involve him and/or retired Detective Charles Stanford (Al Pacino). Anonymous letters begin to appear from a person who claims to know the identity of the killer and Precinct Captain Marion Mathers (Ray Liotta) wants the case cleared up before it threatens the lives and careers of some possible corrupt cops. Montiel approaches this with a real gritty realism and the film starts very positively. Name, after recognisable name, appear on the opening credits and the talented cast of excellent performers lead you to believe that this might be something quite special. This belief actually lasts for the first half hour or so, as Montiel builds the layers of his story and employs the use of flashbacks to do so. However, it reaches a point where you realise the film has no sense of urgency and that you're none the wiser as to what the hell is going on. This is not because the story is complicated but because the actions and behaviour of most the characters are frankly baffling. If Montiel had a coherent story to begin with, then he certainly doesn't know how to tell it. It, quite simply, doesn't make sense and the plot holes are insulting. I'd be revealing too much to go into detail but the denouement itself is absolutely ludicrous and you can't help but feel sorry for the actors. Even they have look of bewilderment. I often wonder what great actors see in a script and whether any of them even read this one? I can only assume that some of this film was lost on the cutting-room floor and that in script form it actually made sense because if it didn't, I think everyone involved (including Pacino) should take a sabbatical. 90 mins of unintelligible, inarticulate pap. After this and stinkers like "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill" it would seem that Al is losing his touch in recognising a good crime thriller. In fairness though, this might just come down to a bad case of editorial yips.

- MrMarakai, Wednesday, May 23, 2012