Rebel in the Rye

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Rebel in the Rye attempts to dramatize J.D. Salinger's life and creative process, but falters with a lack of dramatic impetus or a cohesive thesis about the reclusive author.

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Author J.D. Salinger leads a reclusive lifestyle after the success of his popular and controversial novel "The Catcher in the Rye."

Cast & Crew

Nicholas Hoult
J.D. Salinger
Kevin Spacey
Whit Burnett
Sarah Paulson
Dorothy Olding
Hope Davis
Miriam Salinger
Victor Garber
Sol Salinger
Zoey Deutch
Oona O'Neill
Lucy Boynton
Claire Douglas
Adam Busch
Nigel Bench
Danny Strong
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Danny Strong
Screenwriter
Danny Strong
Producer
Ellen H. Schwartz
Executive Producer
Scott Ferguson
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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (62)

  • For the film's UK release, nearly three years after its limited theatrical unveiling in the US, Spacey has unsurprisingly been scrubbed from its cover art. The same treatment should have been extended to the film itself.

    May 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Danny Strong's film suggests dramatic Tetris, and it leeches J.D. Salinger and his process of any mystery.

    January 14, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • We see the young Salinger stuck at his desk lighting matches and throwing pages in the garbage. We see his trembling hand hovering above a page. There is sometimes music. When all else fails, there's a montage.

    October 6, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A faithful and often moving look in the life of J.D. Salinger, a warts-and-all portrayal that succeeds in large part because of a dynamically persuasive performance by Nicholas Hoult.

    October 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Nicholas Hoult leads a stacked cast in the biopic Rebel in the Rye, but the movie doesn't reveal much that isn't already known about the legendary J. D. Salinger.

    September 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With Rebel in the Rye, we get a solid, well-acted and basically standard biopic.

    September 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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