The Salton Sea
The Salton Sea (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 10, 2002
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slick Tarantino-inspired movie that is not for everyone.

Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Sam Allis
Boston Globe

If there's no art here, it's still a good yarn -- which is nothing to sneeze at these days.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Sacrificing content for style, Caruso gives us a lot to look at but little to ponder.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Steven Rosen
Denver Post

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.

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Hank Stuever
Washington 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.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Com boas atuações de Kilmer e D'Onofrio, o filme tem um roteiro razoável, mas sem foco. Salva-se graças ao interessante personagem principal.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
Fans of "Drive," take note: A small movie from 2002 that got far less attention than it deserved, "The Salton Sea," starring Val Kilmer,… More
Wahida K
If You're Looking for a nice MOVIE you are on wrong address. This Movie is Horrible, I dont want to go in to details. The plot of messed up, the bad guys.… More
Daniel J DeMersseman
Frank Darabont, can you do no wrong? As for you, Mr. Caruso, why'd you stop making good movies after this? Also, Spun, you suck for stealing camera… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Val Kilmer playing the trumpet with fire on the background, in sloooow motion, can't sustain an entire movie. The cast is good and could have been used for… More
Conner Rainwater
Really great. The plot is really smart, just when you think you know what's going on, it flips around completely. Val Kilmer was amazing, I haven't… More
Luke Baldock
A dire piece of filmmaking. It seems as though Caruso has found his true calling in films for the teenage market, as this has immaturity written all over it.… More