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Director
Alex McAulay
Writer
Alex McAulay
Stars
Jack Dylan Grazer, Fionn Whitehead, Rainn Wilson
Companies
Unbridled Films, Mangano Movies & Media
Released
2021-01-15
Runtime
1h 23min
Rating
R
Genres
Drama, Thriller
Countries
USA
Languages
English
Awards
Not Available
Keywords
brother brother relationship,sick mother,robbery,walkie talkie,mother son relationship
Austin ChronicleRichard Whittaker

McAulay has crafted a terse, bleak drama. It's reminiscent of the portrait of a corrupt male friendship in Super Dark Times, but with the added pressures of kinship and family. To describe Don't Tell a Soul as a story of toxic masculinity is both accurate but, in a time when every film with a flawed or unpleasant male an/protagonist gets that tag, almost glib. There's something rancid between the boys.

RogerEbert.comSimon Abrams

An ambitious black comedy that never goes far enough.

Film ThreatAlex Saveliev

The notion of exploring how a young boy views the world through his manipulative older sibling’s eyes – and how poverty affects that developing worldview – is not a bad one. It’s just delivered haphazardly. I applaud McAulay’s efforts, but Don’t Tell a Soul is at its best when it’s simply having fun as a silly B-flick. Shut your brain off, enjoy – and, like with any guilty pleasure, don’t tell a soul you liked it.

The New York TimesGlenn Kenny

A plot twist saves (that might not be the word for it) Don’t Tell a Soul from being absolutely oppressive, merely by injecting a scintilla of “what happens next” appeal — and letting the always-interesting Wilson stretch a bit.