By Eric Kohn
In its revelations of Salinger's flaws, the documentary capably strips away the fanaticism associated with his books to create the impression of a human being.
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Given that this isn’t the extended TV mini-series that the subject deserves, Salinger does an effective job of making the writer seem alternately more mundane and more mysterious, almost at the same time.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery. Salinger would have recognized the irony, even as he hated the film for invading his privacy.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Despite its considerable flaws, Salinger is a valuable and engrossing biography of the author.
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USA Today

By Claudia 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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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth 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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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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By Andrew Barker
It’s difficult to get past the film’s restless, ill-fittingly bombastic style.
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The New York Times

By A.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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Village Voice

By Alan 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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40 out of 100
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