Critic Consensus: A so-so documentary about a fascinating personality, Salinger has moments of insight but is too often bogged down by reenactments and a lack of attention to the man's actual writings.
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Critic Reviews for Salinger
Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery.
Too bad that Salinger offers no real insight into the elusive writer and is fueled almost entirely by trivial anecdotes.
The movie has a shallow, paparazzo literalism. It just wants to catch the legendarily reclusive Salinger getting into a Jeep.
Where Salinger succeeds is in the gripping section on World War II, and in the exquisite, often melancholy details in the stories told by the likes of Joyce Maynard.
The treatment of J.D. Salinger's writing in this overwrought documentary is so inflated and pompous it comes as a relief when Judd Apatow shows up to describe The Catcher in the Rye as a funny book filled with great lines.
Audience Reviews for Salinger
For any fan of Holden Caulfield this interesting work explores the fetid earth from which he arose, along with some antidotal commentary from celebs who're fans just like you. You won't find out why he isolated from society, but if you are a fan then indeed you already know and can thusly enjoy watching celebs and others NOT KNOW, even after claiming to've loved Catcher.
I was shocked to see what the critics were saying about this film. To me this was a great documentary. But I kind of agree. I want to hear about what his written work has done and created an affect on the world. It did focus to much on how "crazy" people saw him as. But I didn't see that as a bad thing. It still respected him.
Like many other reviewers have already mentioned, this film was overall nothing short of average. Learning the great writer's beginnings, war experience, writing passion was the best parts of the film. The remaining portion was not needed, especially learning about his love life.
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