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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: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 25 | 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 (231) | Top Critics (44) | 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/Vulture | 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
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Audience Reviews for Salt

Don't know why but actually I pretty like this movie, especially because of Jolie factor and the element of surprise that this movie about to gave although I can predict it by the beginning of the movie.. But as a movie that made for entertainment only, this movie quite entertaining especially for men to look some action plus Jolie!
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Somewhat enjoyable action thriller, Salt for me was one of those films that I didn't expect much from, but came out of it enjoying the film quite a bit. Although not a perfect affair, the film is quite good for what it does, and it's a highly entertaining action film that will surely grab your attention from the first frame onwards. I expected to really not enjoy the film, but to my surprise, the idea here is quite good, despite the fact that it's nothing ever too original. If you can suspend that, you might like the film. Compared to other films that Angelina Jolie has made over the years, this is one of her better ones. Compared to the likes of The Tourist and Mr & Mrs. Smith, I much preferred this film. The story moves at a fast pace, and there is enough action here to thrill the most hardened action film fan. Salt is a good film, a film that has exceeded my expectations and the cast here deliver some impressive performances to boot. There are better action films out there, but Salt isn't that bad either. I personally feel that it deserves a bit more praise because it's a fun, entertaining film that is worth seeing if you enjoy the genre. Angelina Jolie is quite good here, and despite the script's apparent flaws, Jolie makes things work, and in turn Salt ends up being an engaging action film well worth seeing despite its imperfections. The film's isn't as bad as what critics have said about it, and for what it is, it's an engaging action thriller that despite its flaws manages to be a fun film to watch in order to kill time.
June 24, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Fun and exciting. An interesting twist at the end. It's just fun for a Friday evening...and Jolie's nice to look at!
June 8, 2013
cchclaw

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 (17 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 (3 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 (3 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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