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Sal Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Glenn Dunks
December 26, 2013
[S]cene after scene plays out as if Franco has watched one too many Gus Van Sant movies and figured that's how you make an Important Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 10, 2013
James Franco's lovingly crafted, if minimalistic, cinematic ode to Sal Mineo - the actor most famous for his Oscar-nominated role opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" - succeeds due in large part to Val Lauren's thoughtful portrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dan Callahan
RogerEbert.com
November 1, 2013
All we do is wait through uneventful hours with the protagonist until their foreordained death comes as a kind of finale and release.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 31, 2013
Franco's visual sense and skill with atmosphere are strongly evident here, but, unfortunately, not enough happens in the movie.
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
October 31, 2013
Despite its modest proportions and chilling finale, Sal is foremost an affectionate tribute, conjuring ample warmth out of relatively little.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2013
It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 29, 2013
As always, Franco demonstrates a talent for and interest in composition, performance, and the naked human moment.
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