The Salton Sea
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The feature film debut of producer and TV director D.J. Caruso, this pulpy noir mystery is a dark tale of redemption set among southern California crystal methamphetamine "tweakers." Val Kilmer stars as Danny Parker, a former trumpet player who has become a tattooed speed freak living in a cesspool of murderous dealers and hardcore addicts near the desert lake of the title. Danny's fall from grace is the result of a hidden agenda, however -- he's seeking answers about the murder of his beloved wife. He's also working undercover for a pair of brutal narcotics cops (Anthony… 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, EricDSnider.com
"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
"interesting"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"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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