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Salt (2010)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 231
Fresh: 143 | Rotten: 88

Angelina Jolie gives it her all in the title role, and her seasoned performance is almost enough to save Salt from its predictable and ludicrous plot.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 19

Angelina Jolie gives it her all in the title role, and her seasoned performance is almost enough to save Salt from its predictable and ludicrous plot.

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As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who Is Salt?"-- (C) Sony

Dec 21, 2010

$118.3M

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All Critics (232) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (143) | Rotten (88) | DVD (5)

The focus here is less on creating a credible set of characters and motives than on manufacturing an excuse to have Jolie leapfrog between high-speed lorries.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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I can't say if this nicely crafted nonsense will sell as a franchise, but I know that I miss the unpretentiousness of the Bourne movies.

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (10)
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Salt is a senseless blast.

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (5)
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An old-school spy vs. spy action film complete with elaborate car and foot chases, deadly sleeper agents and frosty-eyed, vodka-shooting Soviet stalwarts who lament the fall of Communism and chortle evilly over the possibility of destroying the [USA].

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Salt, a ludicrous but somehow credible spy thriller starring Angelina Jolie, delivers a swift, super-charged kick in the pants.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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As a consumable resource, Salt goes down easy, but it's lacking both nourishment and flavor.

July 23, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comments (3)
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Overly concerned with creating the next Greengrass/Damon superteam with his star Angelina Jolie, Phillip Noyce forgets to tell us just who Salt really is and thus, the film lacks the punch that it should have.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A solid thriller that too often relies on action-- rather than character development-- to tell its intriguing story.

December 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It's certainly not a bad movie. It's got enough entertainment value to warrant a rental on a dull night at home, just not enough to recommend rushing out to your local theater.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Jolie one-ups Bruce Willis in DIE HARD, being chased down, climbing walls, and blowing up sh*t not only without shoes but also without underpants.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

A somewhat predictable genre thriller that asks the audience to accept its flawed premise and revel in the ensuing violence.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

It thinks it's The Bourne Identity even though it actually has more in common with Gotcha! Not that there's anything wrong with Gotcha!

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

There are moments of well-crafted thrills in Salt and Jolie reliably carries them off, but the desire of the filmmakers to put off thinking about the finale until they absolutely had to produces a hollow lack of satisfaction.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Salt doesn't spring many surprises, but settling for smartly staged setpieces over twists and turns in an action movie sounds like a square deal.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

You have to take it on face value to find the entertainment -- and there's plenty to enjoy here thanks to Jolie.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Salt's urgency drains as it goes ... Just enjoy watching Jolie roll through her stunts, then -- a good time can possibly still be had by all.

January 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

The reason Salt succeeds is because it believes in its lunacy and goes for it in a frank, but fabulous way.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Salt could have been a pretty good brain-dead summer popcorn thriller, but director Phillip Noyce and star Angelina Jolie lend it too much weight without providing any depth.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

Despite its sloppy, often outlandish, story, and obvious twists, the film does work, if only as an enjoyably intense, and surprisingly bleak, B-movie that rarely lets up once it gets going.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

... director Phillip Noyce drives the film at a breakneck pace to keep the audience from noticing the convenient coincidences and oversights. It's a rush for all that...

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

"Salt" and "silly" both begin with a "S." That couldn't be a coincidence, right? Paul Chambers, CNN.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comments (3)
CNNRadio

Casting a lithe Jolie as the film's protagonist stops Salt from being a Bourne knock-off or a Mission: Impossible reboot and gives the tired espionage genre a novel twist.

December 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

I think it's about time I stopped giving [Angelina Jolie] the benefit of the doubt

November 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (4)
Cinema Crazed

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

What's most impressive about Salt (aside from Jolie's committed performance) is the film's relentless pace. I can't remember the last action film so devoted to being all action, all the time. Frankly, it's a little exhausting.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

An aesthetically pleasing machine, with fine little witty touches.

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Salt

An odd mix of predictable and unpredictable. I'm not sure it was cast right to be honest and although the visual effects and overall look of the film was impressive, that wig spoiled it for me as I found it hard to concentrate on anything else. If you're going to do a comic-book style movie you have got to take it just that little less seriously.
September 5, 2013
SirPant

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Though it's far from the most intelligent of movies, Salt has some exciting chase sequences, and it manages to patch over most of its plot holes. The fight scenes are a little lame, though - Jolie keeps coming back to the same move - and as the predictable climax approaches, we see the pieces starting to come together not to deliver a satisfying ending, but rather, to set up a sequel. Considering that the lead role was written for, then turned down by, Tom Cruise, Jolie acquits herself quite well, and I thought Liev Schreiber turned in a strong supporting performance - but otherwise, the acting and the dialogue ranked between poor and mediocre, and by the time you reach the un-ending, most of the wind has come out of the sails of what might otherwise have been a decent, straight-ahead action flick.
May 14, 2013
danperry17

Super Reviewer

Engaging but predictable.
January 12, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

This spy thriller suffers from several problems, even though it is fast and entertaining at any moment. It it taking the uncertain loyalties theme so far that you actually question the heroine's motifs, with estranging results. When you really think about it, the following plot twists are not all that surprising, if you paid attention. It also doesn't help that Jolie has seen better days. That being said, the film is well shot and has a few quite spectacular action sequences. The fact that the ending very obviously tries to opt for a sequel does not make it much more likable, though. Entertaining, but forgettable.
September 19, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

    1. Winter: Sir? Do I look like a "sir" to you?
    2. Evelyn Salt: From head to toe. I'm surprised he didn't call you "Your Majesty."
    3. Winter: I like the ring of that. I think I'd prefer "Your Majesty."
    – Submitted by Nick S (13 months ago)
    1. Evelyn Salt: I need to call my husband!
    – Submitted by Chriztinne Ivy R (2 years ago)
    1. Evelyn Salt: I need to call my husband!
    – Submitted by Chriztinne Ivy R (2 years ago)
    1. Peabody: How many more like you are there?
    2. Evelyn Salt: Like me? None. Like him? More than you or I can handle alone.
    – Submitted by Jason R (2 years ago)
    1. Orlov: The name of the agent is Evelyn Salt.
    2. Evelyn Salt: My name is Evelyn Salt.
    3. Orlov: Then your are a russian spy.
    – Submitted by James W (2 years ago)
    1. Shnaider: [setting off security wand] Shrapnel. A Serbian landmine. They've spent more time looking at it than the doctor did.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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