a work that Holden Caufield would describe as a phony piece of crap.
| Original Score: C-
About as complete a profile as one could reasonably wish for...a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in the issue of how art can take on an uncontrollable life of its own.
| Original Score: 5/5
An intriguing portrait of the reclusive genius. Very accessible.
| Original Score: 8/10
He hated being famous.
Fatuous and infuriating, it's a shallow, superficial examination of a multi-layered, enigmatic author.
| Original Score: 5/10
Buries a few nuggets in a mountain of repetition and overstatement.
| Original Score: C
Perpetuates a problem that the film fails to acknowledge: Artists' most devoted supporters frequently refuse to oblige their simple request to be left alone.
| Original Score: 2/4
Salerno's depiction is intriguing and distinctly engaging.
Whether you have read "The Catcher in the Rye" before, or forgotten what you read years ago, or never picked up the book at all, this documentary may compel you to find a copy.
What emerges is a portrait of an enigma.
| Original Score: 3/4
I have one thing to say to the director, "Sleep tight, ya moron!"
| Original Score: 1.0/5
If you really want to keep your relationship to Catcher in the Rye sacred, don't see this film.
| Original Score: 3
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.
A distractingly bombastic music design starts at a thundering pitch and has nowhere to go but further.
| Original Score: 2/5
Creepy hagiography, halo askew.
| Original Score: C plus
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.
A fascinating and exhaustively researched portrait of a fascinating man.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Salerno struggles to provide the full picture of a man who didn't want his picture taken.
| Original Score: 3/5
A good documentary can lead you to a place of not knowing what to believe about a subject. A bad documentary tells you what to believe, and why, but in ways provoking disbelief in the movie's tactics.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
This documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery.