Rebel in the Rye Reviews

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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]
February 26, 2019
A leaden simplistic biopic of the celebrated recluse author J. D. Salinger--a movie he would have most likely detested.
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.
October 6, 2017
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
The actors hit their marks and say their lines; the movie looks polished and professional. And it's completely empty, unable to interrogate its subject in any way that matters.
October 5, 2017
Take a hot young actor, surround him with jazz music and cigarette smoke, maybe a little mahogany, and stir. It's a Muppet Babies approach to onscreen literary iconography that was already a trope before Rebel In The Rye came along.
September 28, 2017
Strong loses focus by stuffing his movie with too many incidental details, like an early draft of a novel with too much material left in that the author can't bear to cut.
September 28, 2017
While the angles are plentiful, this broad biopic of the famous reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye feels like it might have benefitted from a little more focus and depth.
September 25, 2017
Literal rather than literary, a dutiful recitation of the facts of Salinger's life that fails to convey much of a sense of the author's inner self.
September 22, 2017
In the end, it's no more informative than quickly glancing through J.D Salinger's Wikipedia page.
September 22, 2017
... provides only mild insight into Salinger's artistic process, and salutes his tormented brilliance without offering much depth beyond the mystique.
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