50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Neil Young
While this heartfelt, rough-edged tribute to now largely-forgotten Hollywood actor Sal Mineo isn’t without interest, it’s too small-scale and sketchy.
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50

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
A stubbornly not-bad character study.
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40

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
Sal is so inconsequential, it barely exists. It seems possible that even Franco has forgotten it, in order to make room in his memory for the 74 similar projects he was pursuing around the same time.
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40

Variety

By Justin Chang
While Sal means to honor its subject, it’s too clunky and amateurish to really illuminate him.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Nick McCarthy
It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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