Bestia nel cuore, La 2005

Critics score:
29 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Stephen Holden, New York Times: 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. Read more

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle: Well worth seeing for its sensitive and never maudlin portrayal of a sister and brother bonded together by a family secret. Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: A paradigmatically mediocre foreign-film-Oscar nominee. Read more

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times: A persuasive if not groundbreaking drama. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: Such tales are the issue du jour stateside, which makes Don't Tell's slavish adherence to Dr. Phil-inspired recovered-memory orthodoxies seem more than a touch ingenuous. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Comencini translates these tensions from her novel Beast in the Heart with a literal hand that is inclined to underscore anguished looks with explanatory flashbacks. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: It manages to treat a disturbing subject without despairing. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: 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. Read more

Deborah Young, Variety: The lifelong shame and trauma experienced by the victims of childhood incest are grippingly dramatized by Cristina Comencini, consummate mistress of Italian family drama, in Don't Tell, probably her most successful film. Read more