Rebel in the Rye Reviews

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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
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
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
Even if the somewhat stiff movie doesn't quite fulfill its promises, it's an impressive undertaking for writer-director Danny Strong.
October 5, 2017
Rebel is authentic enough to acutely portray the personal minutiae of Salinger's life that made him into a hardworking writer.
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 29, 2017
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 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.
September 22, 2017
Strong squanders a talented cast -- including Sarah Paulson as Salinger's literary agent -- and solid performances by Hoult and Spacey. In spite of the title, and the spirit of Holden Caulfield, there's little that's rebellious in Rebel in the Rye.
September 21, 2017
[Danny] Strong makes Salinger's triumph Hollywood-simplistic.
September 21, 2017
It's cheesy and implausible. Despite the filmmaker's best efforts, the essence of J.D. Salinger remains elusive.
September 21, 2017
I set a personal record watching "Rebel in the Rye." I have never before hated a film this quickly and thoroughly. It took me about 2 minutes to despise the film and my feelings never really changed despite the fact that there are truly fine actors in it.
September 21, 2017
Informative and worthwhile. But where's the wit?
September 20, 2017
The movie "Rebel in the Rye" is a competently-made and relatively straight-forward bio-pic that is boosted by solid performances and the fascinating details of Salinger's life.
September 18, 2017
An impressively attractive and well-mounted production that nevertheless conveys just about no understanding of who Salinger was as a person or a writer.
September 18, 2017
A slick, superficial attempt to define the 20th century's quintessential enigmatic personality by giving us the sort of commercialized phoniness that Salinger not only detested, but drove him into a decades-long seclusion in the New Hampshire woods.
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