75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A slick, stylish hardboiled caper filtered through a druggy haze and borrowing a bit of a "Memento" revenge motif and "Pulp Fiction" playfulness.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Strikes out toward freakishly original territory after all. Fans of the off-beat, your movie has arrived.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Unlike in many thrillers, the movie doesn't sandbag us with one last, cheap twist at the end. The Salton Sea contains its share of surprises, but none of them feels forced or artificial.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A twisty, showy, atmosphere-saturated drama that revels (in a post-post-Tarantino-and-''Trainspotting'' way) in sadism and in-your-face seediness -- and attracts a cast of coolios primed to play extreme.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It contains one element of startling originality: its bad guy, nicknamed Pooh-Bear and played by Vincent D'Onofrio in a great weird demented giggle of a performance; imagine a Batman villain cycled through the hallucinations of "Requiem for a Dream."
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70

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's Vincent D'Onofrio as Pooh-Bear, a drug lord who's snorted so much meth his nose had to be replaced by a plastic one, who kicks ass.
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63

Boston Globe

A commercial Hollywood movie without pretensions. If there's no art here, it's still a good yarn - which is nothing to sneeze at these days.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Might be thought of as "Memento" for people who didn't get "Memento."
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Sacrificing content for style, Caruso gives us a lot to look at but little to ponder.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
All the movie's narrative gymnastics can't disguise the fact that it's inauthentic at its core and that its story just isn't worth telling.
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41 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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