Metacritic Movie Ratings
Salinger Reviews

3.0

40

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Insightful gems are unearthed throughout the flawed but engrossing Salinger,a much-anticipated documentary about the author of The Catcher in the Rye.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard Roeper

    Despite its considerable flaws, Salinger is a valuable and engrossing biography of the author.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Los Angeles TimesKenneth Turan

    Salerno, as if he's unsure of what he's got, goes to great lengths to heighten the drama with crisp editing, a strong score, frequent sound effects and snappy visuals.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterStephen Farber

    Although it is overlong, it manages to be fascinating for much of its running time. But it also disappoints on many counts, providing another example of hype outpacing actual achievement -- a syndrome that Salinger himself would probably have deplored.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    At two hours and nine minutes, Salinger is at least 40 minutes too long, suffering, just like the book, from its creators' obsessive zeal. Only here, you can't page ahead to the next chapter.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    VarietyAndrew Barker

    It’s difficult to get past the film’s restless, ill-fittingly bombastic style.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York TimesA.O. Scott

    Salinger, directed by Mr. Salerno, is less a work of cinema than the byproduct of its own publicity campaign.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Village VoiceAlan Scherstuhl

    What the movie gets hilariously, howlingly wrong is the idea that a life like Salinger's—so extraordinary, yet so willfully humdrum—could somehow be captured by the most shopworn of cinematic techniques.

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