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Dark shadows from a woman's past come back to haunt her in this drama from writer and director Cristina Comencini. Sabina (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) would seem to have a charmed life -- she has a successful career as a voice actress, a loving and supportive relationship with her boyfriend, Franco (Alessio Boni), and a pair of close friends she can confide in, Maria (Angela Finocchiaro) and Emilia (Stefania Rocca). But Sabina's contented existence is shattered when she inadvertently dredges up a long-dormant memory of how during her childhood she was sexually abused by her father. Confused… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Don't Tell, Italy's submission for the foreign-language Oscar, has strong performances, but the story takes too long to get off the ground."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Days of Our Lives fans, enjoy."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The film meanders and becomes painfully arbitrary in its storyline... Child abuse + funny lesbians = hilarious!!!"
‑ Susan Michals,
"It's swiftly paced and never dull, but the heavy-handed symbolism comes fast and thick."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A not-bad soap opera."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Well worth seeing for its sensitive and never maudlin portrayal of a sister and brother bonded together by a family secret."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A persuasive if not groundbreaking drama."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Though tackling such potentially subversive subjects as incest and lesbianism, this inexplicably Oscar-nominee from Italy is basically a Lifetime Original performed as a magic show."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Just because American films frequently exploit repressed memories as a plot device in nasty genre pictures doesn't make the genteel Don't Tell a sophisticated or particularly insightful film."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A well-acted melodrama with some engaging characters and a storyline that holds the attention"
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"It manages to treat a disturbing subject without despairing."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Don't Tell, which was unaccountably nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film, is no better than a second-tier candidate for the Lifetime Channel."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Here's the problem with Cristina Comencini's Don't Tell: it should have been directed by Pedro Almodovar."
‑ Kim Morgan,
"Goes off on too many tangents from the central story with irrelevant subplots that might actually have been decent movies on their own."
‑ Edward Douglas,
"Comencini is attempting to put on some kind of show about modern gender and sexuality issues, but that's all it is: a show, and a fatuous one at that."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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