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SALINGER features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger's friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger's influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The film is the first work to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

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"Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery."
‑ Ed Bark, Uncle Barky
"Where Salinger succeeds is in the gripping section on World War II, and in the exquisite, often melancholy details in the stories told by the likes of Joyce Maynard."
‑ Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"Salinger would scoff at it."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"The movie has a shallow, paparazzo literalism. It just wants to catch the legendarily reclusive Salinger getting into a Jeep."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"An intriguing portrait of the reclusive genius. Very accessible."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Too bad that Salinger offers no real insight into the elusive writer and is fueled almost entirely by trivial anecdotes."
‑ Neal Justin, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"For those captivated by Salinger's writing, this intelligent and often invigorating film provides fine insight into his world."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"a work that Holden Caufield would describe as a phony piece of crap."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"He hated being famous."
‑ Victoria Alexander, Las Vegas Informer
"What emerges is a portrait of an enigma."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"This documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"An emotionally stirring and affecting work, albeit a flawed one."
‑ Nathan Southern, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"About as complete a profile as one could reasonably wish for...a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in the issue of how art can take on an uncontrollable life of its own."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Fatuous and infuriating, it's a shallow, superficial examination of a multi-layered, enigmatic author."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
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