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.
September 15, 2017
With Rebel in the Rye, we get a solid, well-acted and basically standard biopic.
September 15, 2017
It's not without its charms and solid observations about the perils and passions of the writerly life, but it's too blunt, too neat, and entirely too starry-eyed about both the creator and his creation.
September 15, 2017
If Jones doesn't quite pull it off, it is at least a film of many pleasures and a thought-provoking look at American literature's most famous loner.
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
You do see how Salinger's own words, thoughts and actions were reflected in the character of Holden.
September 14, 2017
The film offers little more depth about the writer than his Wikipedia article and considerably less than one would get from reading the semi-autobiographical The Catcher in the Rye.
September 14, 2017
Fatally, the movie fails to convey the sympathy and imagination of Salinger's prose-instead characters simply state over and over again how brilliant he is.
September 14, 2017
This is a movie that Holden would have skipped.
September 14, 2017
It's hard to imagine a film more inaptly named. As a movie, this "Rebel" is, as it turns out, terribly by the book.
September 14, 2017
You realize the director has bought into the myth along with everyone else, to the point where he thinks the life itself is all the story you need. That's not art, that's worship, and it's what sent J.D. Salinger heading for the hills in the first place.
September 14, 2017
A collective of narrative and stylistic cliches, "Rebel in the Rye" is lousy with hagiography, stripping Salinger of any danger, allure or mystery, and making him instead just another insufferable poet-philosopher in your MFA class.
September 13, 2017
Even its title feels kind of off-brand, as if chosen for alliteration rather than art or sense.
September 11, 2017
Holden would certainly not approve of this film, one that crams an author's mysterious and fascinating legacy into the most basic of biopic formulas. I can't imagine many viewers will, either.
September 8, 2017
A feature-length biopic that appears to be comprised of half-realized highlights from a television miniseries.
September 8, 2017
It's ironic that Salinger, who loved movies but refused to have his books sold to Hollywood, should now be the subject of a movie he would in all likelihood disdain.
September 7, 2017
It's tempting to wonder how Strong - who, as a screenwriter, so expertly distilled a pair of wild and woolly presidential campaigns into "Recount" and "Game Change" - honestly thought he could get away with his graceless, tell-not-show dramatic tactics.
September 7, 2017
The journey of J.D. Salinger from young wiseacre to world-celebrated author and notorious recluse is absorbingly traced in Danny Strong's "Rebel in the Rye."
September 7, 2017
You won't find much new light shed on the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye in writer-director Danny Strong's polished but cliché-festooned biopic Rebel in the Rye.
September 7, 2017
While "Rebel in the Rye" isn't quite as bad as its pile-of-bricks-clunky title suggests, it's both simple- and literal-minded ...
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