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While Salvador wasn't Oliver Stone's first film (a pair of offbeat horror stories preceded it), it defined his style of fiercely dramatic, politically oriented filmmaking, staked out his territory as one of the major directors of the 1980s and 1990s, and remains one of his strongest works to date. Veteran photojournalist Richard Boyle (James Woods) has been taking his camera to the world's trouble spots for over 20 years; while he does good work, Boyle's fondness for booze and drugs, and his colossal arrogance, have given him a reputation that's left him practically… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The polemic may seem obvious and at times laboured, but the action sequences are brilliant, and the film does achieve a brutal, often very moving, power."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Salvador is long and disjointed and tries to tell too many stories...But the heart of the movie is fascinating."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of Oliver Stone's best films, and absolutely James Woods' best performance."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Brutally moving depiction of the civil war in El Salvador in 1980."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Woods' greatest performance"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"[The] crime spree feels more like bored rich kids on a joy ride than committed leftie intellectuals hastening regime change."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Borgesian critique, or exotic backdrop for a scoundrel's Hollywood redemption?"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Lean, Mean and On Point. Stone's best film."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"An emotional and political sledgehammer."
‑ , Film4
"Oliver Stone's gripping depiction of turmoil in Central America is bolstered by Wood's mesmerising performance as a burned out reporter."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"One look at the youthful, idealistic guerrillas, accompanied everywhere by folk music, and you know where Mr. Stone's heart lies."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"Though structurally messy and with uneven dialogue, Stone's independent movie captures vividly the cool, rush, and hysteria of jaded leftist American journos in the political chaos of El Slavaodr in 1980-81; James Woods Oscar-nominated turn is brilliant"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Still Oliver Stone's best film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Woods is superb, and it is a tribute to his considerable dramatic skill that he manages to elicit sympathy for a uniquely obnoxious character."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Raw, gripping, edgy and enthralling, this is one of Stone's best and most powerful works."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
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