• Released
  • September 6, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 9 min
  • Documentary
  • 38 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye," becomes a noted recluse.

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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
In its revelations of Salinger's flaws, the documentary capably strips away the fanaticism associated with his books to create the...
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83

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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...
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75

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...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Despite its considerable flaws, Salinger is a valuable and engrossing biography of the author.
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75

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...
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60

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...
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50

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....
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40

Variety

By Andrew Barker
It’s difficult to get past the film’s restless, ill-fittingly bombastic style.
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30

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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20

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...
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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic Elements, Smoking and Disturbing War Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Fascinating but heavy-handed docu has some intense scenes.
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