Phil Caruso
Owen Gleiberman
November 04, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Son of No One

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/04/11
performer
Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Juliette Binoche
distributor
Anchor Bay Films
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

The Son of No One, a gritty New York cop drama has some of the atmospheric squalor of a Richard Price novel. The director, Dito Montiel, makes violence sting, and he gets a moody performance out of Channing Tatum as a Staten Island officer whose Big Secret is catching up with him. Yet the more that secret comes out, the more incoherent (and ludicrous) the film gets. How, for instance, could the random killing of two faceless sociopaths back in 1986 become a tabloid scandal now? C-

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