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The Salton Sea Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 17, 2010
The overall voyage on The Salton Sea is an uneasy one hampered by a confusing story that admits out loud it doesn't know where it's going.
January 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Com boas atuações de Kilmer e D'Onofrio, o filme tem um roteiro razoável, mas sem foco. Salva-se graças ao interessante personagem principal.
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
July 16, 2003
Marked by an ambitious style and solid performances, but hampered by a story that buries its primary focus until late in the game.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Patrick Starkey
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Is authenticity too much to ask? It's not as if the various drug subcultures don't have enough humor and tragedy built in that you need to take a detour into Fantasyland.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
October 27, 2002
It's a sort of rollercoaster ride through the salvaged wreckage of a hundred similar movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Ramirez
October 22, 2002
Lo lamento, pero este mar no me atrapó como para creerle mucho. Una cinta más, regular y nunca tan buena como el director quiere hacerla parecer, presuntuosa y pasajera...
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2002
The result is mesmerizing -- filled with menace and squalor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 4, 2002
...[Vincent D'Onofrio's] almost insanely entertaining performance essentially takes the film to an entirely different level...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
September 21, 2002
There's something fundamental missing from this story: something or someone to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 15, 2002
While it's all happening, it's entertaining enough, but when it's finished (in a disappointingly conventional manner), it doesn't seem to have been about very much.
| Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 10, 2002
It turns out to be just another inane druggie thriller with a revenge plot.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 23, 2002
Repellent yet intriguing, brutal yet funny, wicked yet strangely compassionate, The Salton Sea is more about mixing genres and styles than illuminating a credible reality.
| Original Score: A-
Ryan Cracknell
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 6, 2002
By getting myself wrapped up in the visuals and eccentricities of many of the characters, I found myself confused when it came time to get to the heart of the movie.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
July 21, 2002
Overall, this examination of manufactured corruption set against a film noirish swagger may not have the in-depth impact like contemporaries L.A. Confidential or Memento, but this Sea is certainly worth swimming in
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Sacrificing content for style, Caruso gives us a lot to look at but little to ponder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
Even with a green Mohawk and a sheet of fire-red flame tattoos covering his shoulder, however, Kilmer seems to be posing, rather than acting. And that leaves a hole in the center of The Salton Sea.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 12, 2002
For what it is, it's well-done -- a stylized-beyond-reality derivation of Natural Born Killers, perhaps. Or a more gonzo version of Go or Blow. But the heart has been stylized out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Allis
Boston Globe
July 12, 2002
If there's no art here, it's still a good yarn -- which is nothing to sneeze at these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Salfen
July 9, 2002
A rough, but very cool and stylish film with great performances...
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