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Salinger (2013)



Critic Consensus: A so-so documentary about a fascinating personality, Salinger has moments of insight but is too often bogged down by reenactments and a lack of attention to the man's actual writings.

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SALINGER features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger's friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger's influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author's meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010. (c) Weinsteinmore
Rating: PG-13 (for disturbing war images, thematic elements and smoking)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Shane Salerno
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On DVD: Mar 3, 2014
Box Office: $0.6M
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Critic Reviews for Salinger

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (37)

Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery.

Full Review… | January 28, 2014
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

Too bad that Salinger offers no real insight into the elusive writer and is fueled almost entirely by trivial anecdotes.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The movie has a shallow, paparazzo literalism. It just wants to catch the legendarily reclusive Salinger getting into a Jeep.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Top Critic

What emerges is a portrait of an enigma.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Where Salinger succeeds is in the gripping section on World War II, and in the exquisite, often melancholy details in the stories told by the likes of Joyce Maynard.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The treatment of J.D. Salinger's writing in this overwrought documentary is so inflated and pompous it comes as a relief when Judd Apatow shows up to describe The Catcher in the Rye as a funny book filled with great lines.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Salinger


It's not often that I see a documentary that isn't very good, but it's unheard of for a documentary to be so completely at odds with the message it tries to impart! A film that in turn idolizes Salinger in an almost creepy fashion and would have him rolling in his grave, "Salinger" is a phony mess, filled with manipulative music and swooping camera angles of what appears to be stock footage. Yet it is thorough in tracing his career, isn't afraid to question the man, and does end up imparting some interesting food for thought. Unfortunately, even if the documentary was not pretentious, and ultimately a commercial for books that Salinger may or may not actually have given permission to publish, it simply isn't well-made. Your average History Channel doc, or in other words, frustratingly disappointing.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

2/3 of the documentary on reclusive author J.D. Salinger is engaging and fascinating learning about how J.D. grew to become a writer, join the army and his early failures in love. However, the latter third of the film drifts into tabloidish filmmaking with overdramatic music, silly editing tricks and unnecessary graphics that appear to be something out of TruTV or our modern-day "news" outlets, not an actual documentary.

I kinda have to agree with the critics who criticized it... It could have been better. But I'm still glad it was made.

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