Salinger Synopsis
J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye," becomes a noted recluse.
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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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The Playlist

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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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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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...
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Laughably Bad

By dthompson601
Sample scenario: Peggy Salinger : "One time he showed me a stack of manuscripts with colored dots on them; if it had a red dot it meant it was ready for publication, if it had a green dot it meant...

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I'm glad no consciousness persists after death; it would be horrible for Salinger to see this hash of disclosures by obsessed stalkers still pursuing and gossiping about him. Joyce Maynard was...

Wish I hadn't seen it

By Effie_Perine
Watching this felt very exploitative of Salinger. I have conflicted feelings about my curiosity to learn more about Salinger and to respect his wishes for privacy; you won't learn anything here that...

Salinger very much worth seeing

By abffab
Awesome that they were able to find all of the people who had spent time with JD especially in his earlier years. Very informative - so much I did not know and learned in this film. Without spoiling...


By ckochman
Fascinating. Made the best with what little they had. But more telling are the omissions: Matthew (his son), his agent, his friends. Hated the dramatic music at the end with the revelations of new...

Can I have my money back?

By kevindcaldwell
This is the first film I have ever walked out on. I gave it an hour and a half and then called it a night. Too many interviews, no real theme and very cheesy transitions. Bad reenactments a la...

Laughably Amatuerish.

By trevorristow
This movie plays like a rough cut of someone's student film. The editing, the music, my god. Read the A.O. Scott New York Times review. It's perfect. Give the movie a miss though....


By popcornandmartinis
I can't say this was a pleasant documentary because of the subject matter - a guy who was brilliant but damaged a lot of lives of people who loved him. It was well crafted and I learned things about...

Catch this!

By johnnylasusa
For anyone who was ever curious about the genius behind one of the great novels of the twentieth century must see this film. It is truly revelatory and transformative....

Definitely worth a watch

By JamesDanielFernandez
an immense amount of research and investigation, presented creatively....

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