• Released
  • July 15, 2011
  • (Limited 7/15)
  • R , 1 hr 36 min
  • Comedy
    Suspense/Thriller
50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It's a reasonably funny religious satire that takes potshots at easy targets but is quite watchable due to the participation of two Oscar winners and two Oscar nominees.
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50

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Here, the scattershot spoofery never rings true.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The comedic slaps are too limp to leave a mark. Director George Ratliff applied a much clearer eye to "Hell House," his chilling 2001 documentary about a real church.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

It's not that Salvation Boulevard is bad: It's quite funny at times and has some good performances. But it's so predictable it has no bite, either as social satire or as slapstick comedy.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Loosely adapting Larry Beinhart's darker novel, Ratliff and co-writer Douglas Stone indulge in so many cheap shots and caricatures, their disdain drips off the screen.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie transforms a dim idea - "Elmer Gantry" lite - into comedy that's dead in the water and as dull as it is broad.
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30

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Without the humor, the stereotypes that define these characters aren't satirical; they're just mean-spirited and dull.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

The action that follows is as broad and unconvincing as the characters involved: director George Ratliff manages to turn even dignified Ciaran Hinds into a ham.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
No target is too obvious for Salvation Boulevard, a farrago of cheap shots aimed at Christian fundamentalism. It's a blunderbuss satire that criminally wastes a talented cast.
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25

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It's a stupid farrago of aborted ideas, misguided actors, lame direction, submental writing and follow-the-dots plotting that never comes anywhere within a 10-mile radius of what I used to call coherent filmmaking.
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35 out of 100
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