Salinger (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 3, 2014
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A so-so documentary about a fascinating personality, Salinger has moments of insight but is too often bogged down by reenactments and a lack of attention to the man's actual writings.

Ed Bark
Uncle Barky

Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

What emerges is a portrait of an enigma.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

Salinger would scoff at it.

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Neal Justin
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Too bad that Salinger offers no real insight into the elusive writer and is fueled almost entirely by trivial anecdotes.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

For those captivated by Salinger's writing, this intelligent and often invigorating film provides fine insight into his world.

Wesley Morris

The movie has a shallow, paparazzo literalism. It just wants to catch the legendarily reclusive Salinger getting into a Jeep.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

The treatment of J.D. Salinger's writing in this overwrought documentary is so inflated and pompous it comes as a relief when Judd Apatow shows up to describe The Catcher in the Rye as a funny book filled with great lines.

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Nathan Southern
TV Guide

An emotionally stirring and affecting work, albeit a flawed one.

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