Rebel in the Rye Reviews

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March 1, 2021
From its on-the-nose title to the standard biopic conventions Rebel in the Rye/i> could probably best be described by Caulfield himself: 'You never saw so many phonies in all your life.'
September 28, 2020
For all its dependence on the truth, Rebel in the Rye comes across feeling like a big phony.
May 19, 2020
Director Danny Strong sticks to a standard biopic approach, infused with familiar dramatic period vibes. This makes the film feel rather long and tiresome, even with some sparky screenwriting and a committed central performance by Nicholas Hoult.
May 19, 2020
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 13, 2020
For the most part, it serves as a workable, watchable entry point for the uninitiated. Those looking for more in-depth observations, especially about the creation of The Catcher in the Rye, might be better of reading books on the subject.
March 24, 2020
What's telling is how phony the reverence toward Salinger seems.
July 20, 2019
It's a poor proposal that only gets redeemed by the chemistry that arises between Hoult and Spacey. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 13, 2019
Fairly standard but impressive biopic about JD Salinger.
February 26, 2019
A leaden simplistic biopic of the celebrated recluse author J. D. Salinger--a movie he would have most likely detested.
August 28, 2018
The environment is immersive and the story is engrossing, even though neither filmmaker Strong nor actor Hoult tries overly hard to make Jerry sympathetic.
August 27, 2018
With too long of a running time, the potential biography only tells the same story of a misunderstood writer, that becomes boring and hard to watch.
August 21, 2018
It has all the makings of a solid biopic, but lacks the execution and most essentially, the heart.
May 18, 2018
Danny Strong demonstrates a remarkable weakness of influence... [Full Review in Spanish]
May 8, 2018
Rebel in the Rye is so eager to be a transcript for [The] Catcher in the Rye that it constantly seeks to equate the author with the fictional teenager, even when the author was much older... [Full Review in Spanish]
May 4, 2018
Any reader of Salinger will be disappointed. Any reader of Salinger would have liked to see it. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 14, 2018
Danny Strong's film suggests dramatic Tetris, and it leeches J.D. Salinger and his process of any mystery.
December 6, 2017
Rebel in the Rye works when Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey are ironing out the creative process together, but past that it's a bore
November 13, 2017
...Rebel in the Rye could have gone deeper into life of the literary reclus
November 1, 2017
Yet another cliché-ridden story of the tortured male genius.
October 18, 2017
An unfortunate misfire.
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