Salt Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 19, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 26, 2010
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.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 26, 2010
Salt is a senseless blast.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 23, 2010
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].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 23, 2010
Salt, a ludicrous but somehow credible spy thriller starring Angelina Jolie, delivers a swift, super-charged kick in the pants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 23, 2010
As a consumable resource, Salt goes down easy, but it's lacking both nourishment and flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 23, 2010
The audience's relationship to Jolie as an off-screen superhero -- a bona-fide, old-school movie star -- makes her ludicrously competent character seem contiguous with her real-life persona.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 23, 2010
This is a movie with a massive Cold War hangover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 23, 2010
Salt is a smart, fast, breathless blast of a spy flick that emulates the Bourne films in all the right ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 23, 2010
Thought the recently swapped Russian spy Anna Chapman was foxy? Hah.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 23, 2010
[Jolie is] probably the most dynamic action star in the movies right now and certainly the most exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 23, 2010
Crushingly generic.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 23, 2010
[T]he limited, forgivable absurdities... gradually give way to a level of pandemic preposterousness that makes Ethan Hunt look like George Smiley.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 23, 2010
It all happens in such a frenzy of momentum and on-the-fly exposition that some of the more preposterous elements in the story will strike you only in retrospect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 23, 2010
Some of the cheesiest '80s action movies were more fun than this one because their heroes were trained in a technique alien to Salt: a sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 22, 2010
Jolie does as well as she can with the twigs they've given her to make a plot house out of.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2010
Its narrative strategy is to leave audiences in the dark for much of the action, but each tidbit we're given fits into the broader picture. The action scenes are imaginative and elaborate without seeming fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2010
Really, who goes to summer action movies for cast-iron logic anyway? Or for plausible characters, for that matter?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 22, 2010
Salt is a well-greased, smoothly functioning machine that drives forward with tremendous momentum, elevating your pulse rate and relieving you of the need to think for more than a second or two at a stretch.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 22, 2010
Noyce's methods of crafting suspense are defiantly old-fashioned: low-angle shots for maximum viewer disorientation and a preference for daredevil stunt work over CGI cheating.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 22, 2010
A relentlessly moving flick that cements Jolie's position as queen of the action stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 22, 2010
As she tries to find her husband, and perhaps assassinate the Russian president, she's not quite sure who or what she is. And neither are we. Which is precisely why the whole thing works.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 22, 2010
Despite enough hand-to-hand combat to glut an MMA marathon, this movie is about as much fun as getting slugged in the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
July 22, 2010
The relentless pace, hair-raising stunts and air of affected gravitas also goes a long way in boosting Salt a rung above much of this summer's other multiplex fare as a top-notch action thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 22, 2010
While the plot is outlandish, it unspools with obvious twists and turns. The film has its tense moments, but instead of dazzle, there's a workmanlike quality to the action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2010
Jolie's action vehicle is just that -- an action vehicle, moving fast but thinking slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 22, 2010
I want the Evelyn Salt workout. Otherwise, Salt is ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 22, 2010
Noyce's past excursions into action filmmaking, most notably the Harrison Ford-as-Jack Ryan films, have been a bit flavorless, but here he delivers one from the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 22, 2010
Like the condiment whose name it shares, director Phillip Noyce's run-like-hell thriller starring Angelina Jolie satisfies a basic human taste -- something to go with the popcorn. I liked it. It knows what it's doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 22, 2010
Why is Angelina Jolie starring in a Jean Claude Van Damme movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 22, 2010
It's like a rebuke to all the lousy action movie directors who've been banging pots and pans together in our skulls. It winds your clock tight and the alarm doesn't go off for 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 22, 2010
There comes a point when it becomes difficult to take Salt seriously. That would be fine if this was an intentional parody of action spy thrillers, but it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 21, 2010
It's like a John le Carré double-agent yarn compacted into comic-book pulp as if by the makers of Con Air.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 21, 2010
Salt is primed to keep your pulse racing so your brain will stop thinking, "WTF!" Go with the illogic or you'll miss the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 21, 2010
Jolie's days as an action heroine may be behind her. She's still got the cruel lips. But at some point, a cookie or two needs to pass over them to give her the brawn to pull off this stuff.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 21, 2010
Honestly, if this is the best the CIA, the Secret Service, the NYPD and whatever other government agency tasked with finding bad guys can do, we're in worse trouble than we thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 21, 2010
Things slowly start to deteriorate despite the best efforts of the star and her behind-the-scenes collaborators.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 21, 2010
Salt is about as believable as a secret training program for military pilots consisting entirely of kangaroos in flight helmets. But it must be said that the star carries her load admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 20, 2010
This is still closer to product than art. Highly satisfying, often exhilarating, refreshingly unpretentious product.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 20, 2010
It's easy to figure out what Salt is. But who is she? That's a question the film never really seemed interested in answering.
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Todd McCarthy
indieWIRE
July 20, 2010
Jolie herself is in her full glory here as a character born when Bond and Brezhnev ruled.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 20, 2010
This old-fashioned spy actioner... is fast-moving, exciting and contains more twists than a tunnel under Checkpoint Charlie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 19, 2010
Noyce rolls up his sleeves and delivers an unpretentious piece of action-movie craftsmanship that proves worthy of its star's own consummate professionalism.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 19, 2010
While preposterous at every turn, Salt is a better Bond movie than most recent Bond movies, as its makers keep the stunts real and severely limit CGI gimmickry.