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Rebel in the Rye (2017)



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This biopic of legendary author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) details his relationship with socialite Oona O'Neill (Zoey Deutch), his experiences fighting in World War II, and his writing process for The Catcher in the Rye. Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson co-star. Written and directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


Nicholas Hoult
as J.D. Salinger
Kevin Spacey
as Whit Burnett
Sarah Paulson
as Dorothy Olding
Zoey Deutch
as Oona O'Neill
Victor Garber
as Sol Salinger

Critic Reviews for Rebel in the Rye

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Too phony to love.

January 26, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Diverting, mildly informative and - to borrow Caulfield's adjective of choice - somewhat phony, heavy as it is on tortured-writer clichés and contrived art-imitates-life parallels.

January 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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Strong ... draws connections between life and art in ways many others have, but finds it hard to conjure his subject's passion for writing.

January 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Instead of demythologizing Salinger, Rebel in the Rye plays like a fan film rather than an honest examination of a complex figure.

February 1, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Fails to capture anything new about the man.

January 30, 2017 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Conventional, but entertaining.

January 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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