Salinger Reviews

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November 27, 2019
Despite its shortcomings, Salinger is not only interesting, but enlightening for those unfamiliar with this voice of a generation.
November 29, 2017
In total, Salinger might be an excellent documentary to watch if you want to know more about author J.D. Salinger, but the only way to truly know him may be to assume that everything he wrote was autobiography.
February 19, 2014
For those captivated by Salinger's writing, this intelligent and often invigorating film provides fine insight into his world.
January 29, 2014
An emotionally stirring and affecting work, albeit a flawed one.
January 28, 2014
Salinger triumphs, though, as an absorbing portrait of a singular man of mystery.
September 29, 2013
About as complete a profile as one could reasonably wish for...a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in the issue of how art can take on an uncontrollable life of its own.
September 26, 2013
An intriguing portrait of the reclusive genius. Very accessible.
September 26, 2013
He hated being famous.
September 23, 2013
Salerno's depiction is intriguing and distinctly engaging.
September 23, 2013
Whether you have read "The Catcher in the Rye" before, or forgotten what you read years ago, or never picked up the book at all, this documentary may compel you to find a copy.
September 23, 2013
What emerges is a portrait of an enigma.
September 20, 2013
If you really want to keep your relationship to Catcher in the Rye sacred, don't see this film.
September 20, 2013
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
A fascinating and exhaustively researched portrait of a fascinating man.
September 20, 2013
Director Salerno struggles to provide the full picture of a man who didn't want his picture taken.
September 20, 2013
This documentary reconstructing the life of the ultimate cult author is like a three-act thriller, and the character at the center of the story is a mute man of mystery.
September 20, 2013
When [Salerno] drops the stylistic overkill and lets these people talk about Salinger, what emerges is a riveting picture of a contradictory, deeply selfish, troubled man.
September 19, 2013
If you come to this film (as I did) with little knowledge of the man beyond his notorious reclusivity, Salinger provides much fascinating biographical detail.
September 19, 2013
A fascinating picture of one of the 20th century's most enigmatic writers, a man who retreated from public life only to be pursued by prying fans.
September 12, 2013
Shane Salerno's doco is at times also over-wrought, but luckily his subject is so damn intriguing that he carries Salinger through its most heavy-handed moments.
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