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Salinger (2013)



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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SALINGER features interviews with 150 subjects including Salinger's friends, colleagues and members of his inner circle who have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen. Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal and Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank talk about Salinger's influence on their lives, their work and the broader culture. The film is the first work to get beyond the Catcher in the Rye author's meticulously built up wall: his childhood, painstaking work methods, marriages, private world and the secrets he left behind after his death in 2010. (c) Weinstein
PG-13 (for disturbing war images, thematic elements and smoking)
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Salinger

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (39)

Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery.

Full Review… | January 28, 2014
Uncle Barky
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Too bad that Salinger offers no real insight into the elusive writer and is fueled almost entirely by trivial anecdotes.

Full Review… | January 21, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The movie has a shallow, paparazzo literalism. It just wants to catch the legendarily reclusive Salinger getting into a Jeep.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
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What emerges is a portrait of an enigma.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Seattle Times
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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.

September 20, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | September 20, 2013
Orange County Register
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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Randy Pronk
Randy Pronk

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.

Timothy Woodson
Timothy Woodson

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