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Salvation Boulevard Reviews

Jordan Riefe
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October 7, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2011
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a blunderbuss satire that criminally wastes a talented cast.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 11, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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In truckin' past so many fruitful oases, "Salvation Boulevard" is a bumpy road.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2011
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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[An] enjoyable if simplistic black comedy loosely based on a novel by Larry Beinhart.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 28, 2011
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's quite funny at times and has some good performances. But it's so predictable it has no bite, either as social satire or as slapstick comedy.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Salvation Boulevard has a terrific cast and not much else.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

July 15, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Starts out on the right path, but loses its way early on.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 15, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A reasonably funny religious satire that takes potshots at easy targets but is quite watchable due to the participation of two Oscar winners and two Oscar nominees.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 15, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
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Without the humor, the stereotypes that define these characters aren't satirical; they're just mean-spirited and dull.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 3/10

July 14, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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There is the inkling of a strong, interesting idea here ... but "Salvation Boulevard" is itself too loosely tethered to the actual world to make the point with the necessary vigor or acuity.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 14, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The movie transforms a dim idea -- "Elmer Gantry" lite -- into comedy that's dead in the water and as dull as it is broad.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 14, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club
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A misfire of the first order, starting with the way writer-director Ratliff and co-writer Doug Max Stone turn what could've been a provocative, gripping story into an over-the-top yukfest.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

July 14, 2011
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Despite the talents of Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Ciaran Hinds, Yul Vazquez and Jim Gaffigan, "Salvation Boulevard" is far less than the sum of its fine, character-actor parts.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 13, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's a stupid farrago of aborted ideas, misguided actors, lame direction, submental writing and follow-the-dots plotting that never comes anywhere within a 10-mile radius of what I used to call coherent filmmaking.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

July 13, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Only Tomei, as an ineffectual campus security guard and fellow Deadhead, makes a lasting impression.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 13, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Salvation Boulevard isn't groundbreaking or even consistently funny, but it is mildly inventive and the absurdities of its characters are tender and recognizably human. Best of all, we're encouraged to laugh with them rather than at them.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 12, 2011
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Silly cat-and-mouse comedy doesn't make much of its evangelist-mocking premise.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 8, 2011
Andrew Barker
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Careless and bedraggled in its storytelling and never aiming its sights beyond the most obvious targets.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2011
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