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Salinger Reviews

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August 22, 2017
Many reviewers have made the obvious joke that Holden Caulfield would've hated Salinger because it's so phony-and he would have, and it is.
January 30, 2019
Beyond its disturbing aspersions cast on mental illness, the film tells a story that is inherently flawed by the absence of its own key player.
April 8, 2014
Salinger would scoff at it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 28, 2013
Like the book, it suffers from its creators' obsessive zeal. Only here, you can't page ahead to the next chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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September 5, 2013
The stories are pretty fascinating, but like all documentarians, Salerno faces the problem of what to put onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 4, 2013
An outsized A&E Biography episode coursing with the strident urgency typical to anyone convinced they have something new to say on a long since played-out topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 5, 2013
Plays like a cheap marketing stunt that, no matter how much factual information it may contain, reeks of hypocrisy at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
September 10, 2013
It's a relentless assault on a man who wished to be left alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 3, 2013
What the movie gets hilariously, howlingly wrong is the idea that a life like Salinger's-so extraordinary, yet so willfully humdrum-could somehow be captured by the most shopworn of cinematic techniques.
September 4, 2013
More interested in digging up dirt -- and gaining credit for being the one holding the shovel -- than in providing any genuine insight.
Read More | Original Score: C-
January 21, 2014
Too bad that Salinger offers no real insight into the elusive writer and is fueled almost entirely by trivial anecdotes.
September 19, 2013
Any insights the film has to impart about the writing process are delivered in embarrassingly literal fashion.
September 19, 2013
Given the many stories about Salinger and the dearth of images, it would have been more efficient just to skip the documentary altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 19, 2013
Holden would avert his eyes in mortification at such corniness. So should we.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 9, 2013
Manages to oversell its subject, demanding awe about footage and photos and information that are cool, sure, but not earth-shattering.
September 20, 2013
A good documentary can lead you to a place of not knowing what to believe about a subject. A bad documentary tells you what to believe, and why, but in ways provoking disbelief in the movie's tactics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 10, 2013
A dull look at an interesting man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 3, 2013
It ends up feeling like a long-winded carnival-barker pitch, even though a goodly number of genuine gems are buried within its noisy confines.
September 5, 2013
An occasionally illuminating doco about the infamously reclusive author, but one that feels almost inevitably over-hyped.
September 5, 2013
The result is something of a literary-style "TMZ" - certainly interesting, but a little bit sleazy - and, in terms of glimpses into the man himself, ultimately disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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