Salvation Boulevard Reviews

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Jordan Riefe
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 11, 2011
It's a blunderbuss satire that criminally wastes a talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 5, 2011
In truckin' past so many fruitful oases, "Salvation Boulevard" is a bumpy road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 28, 2011
[An] enjoyable if simplistic black comedy loosely based on a novel by Larry Beinhart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 15, 2011
Salvation Boulevard has a terrific cast and not much else.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 15, 2011
Starts out on the right path, but loses its way early on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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July 14, 2011
Without the humor, the stereotypes that define these characters aren't satirical; they're just mean-spirited and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2011
The movie transforms a dim idea -- "Elmer Gantry" lite -- into comedy that's dead in the water and as dull as it is broad.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: D+
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 13, 2011
Only Tomei, as an ineffectual campus security guard and fellow Deadhead, makes a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
July 12, 2011
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.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
Silly cat-and-mouse comedy doesn't make much of its evangelist-mocking premise.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
January 25, 2011
Careless and bedraggled in its storytelling and never aiming its sights beyond the most obvious targets.