The Salton Sea
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Producer-turned-director D.J. Caruso helms this pulpy noir mystery, a dark tale of redemption set among southern California methamphetamine "tweakers" from screenwriter Tony Gayton, who also wrote the same year's Murder by Numbers (2002). Val Kilmer stars as Danny Parker, a tattooed speed freak living in a cesspool of murderous dealers and hardcore addicts who stay up all night in addled, drug-fueled rave parties to indulge their illegal habit. Danny has several hidden agendas, however, one of them involving a pair of brutal narcotics cops (Anthony LaPaglia and Doug Hutchison)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

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"Repellent yet intriguing, brutal yet funny, wicked yet strangely compassionate, The Salton Sea is more about mixing genres and styles than illuminating a credible reality."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"If there's no art here, it's still a good yarn -- which is nothing to sneeze at these days."
‑ Sam Allis, Boston Globe
"The overall voyage on The Salton Sea is an uneasy one hampered by a confusing story that admits out loud it doesn't know where it's going."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Marked by an ambitious style and solid performances, but hampered by a story that buries its primary focus until late in the game."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Lo lamento, pero este mar no me atrapó como para creerle mucho. Una cinta más, regular y nunca tan buena como el director quiere hacerla parecer, presuntuosa y pasajera..."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
"Sacrificing content for style, Caruso gives us a lot to look at but little to ponder."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"A thriller with an edge -- which is to say that it doesn't follow the stale, standard, connect-the-dots storyline which has become commonplace in movies that explore the seamy underbelly of the criminal world."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Is authenticity too much to ask? It's not as if the various drug subcultures don't have enough humor and tragedy built in that you need to take a detour into Fantasyland."
‑ Patrick Starkey, Film Threat
"The result is mesmerizing -- filled with menace and squalor."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"For what it is, it's well-done -- a stylized-beyond-reality derivation of Natural Born Killers, perhaps. Or a more gonzo version of Go or Blow. But the heart has been stylized out of it."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"Lovable absurdity is the saving grace of a drug movie, and on the rare occasion that this genre works, the head trip winds up being a worthwhile journey."
‑ Hank Stuever, Washington Post
"Com boas atuações de Kilmer e D'Onofrio, o filme tem um roteiro razoável, mas sem foco. Salva-se graças ao interessante personagem principal."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's a sort of rollercoaster ride through the salvaged wreckage of a hundred similar movies."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"...[Vincent D'Onofrio's] almost insanely entertaining performance essentially takes the film to an entirely different level..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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