Parents' Guide to

Nobody Knows I'm Here

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Child singer becomes adult recluse; some language.

Movie NR 2020 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Good movie about standing up

age 14+


This movie was well-made, subtle, and moving, inviting us to empathize with the main character, Memo, as he works through the heartbreak of his childhood. Two characters model especially gracious, supportive love for Memo. Also, when I read about the "profuse" vomit in the review, I was prepared to be disgusted. However, as strange as this sounds, it's actually a very artistically-presented, symbolic event that had nothing to do with overeating.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This film ably sets a tone that helps tell many stories. Jorge Garcia (TV's Lost and Hawaii Five-O) as the older Memo admirably stirs our sympathy, but we're left with a nagging sense that director Gaspar Antillo has lost his way, owing this story far more than just our pity.

When a local woman (Millaray Lobos) arrives to angelically bring Memo out of his shell, nothing about her perseverance seems believable. Later, it seems Memo agrees to appear on television with Angelo in order to set the record straight about their true story, but once the two meet, Angelo wants only to sell his new book and maintain the illusion that he sang his own songs. At this point, Memo's participation makes no sense. Equally confusing is the fact that while the actor playing young Memo has an eerily beautiful voice, the director cast a notably underwhelming voice for the adult Memo. This adds to the confusion in Nobody Knows I'm Here as the ending only works if the voice is exceptional.

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