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Salvation Boulevard Reviews

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Top Critic
July 14, 2011
Without the humor, the stereotypes that define these characters aren't satirical; they're just mean-spirited and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
August 4, 2011
Unless you've got a thing for watching Oscar winners shriek themselves silly, you'd be better off praying at a another altar.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2011
The movie transforms a dim idea -- "Elmer Gantry" lite -- into comedy that's dead in the water and as dull as it is broad.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
January 25, 2011
Careless and bedraggled in its storytelling and never aiming its sights beyond the most obvious targets.
February 1, 2011
The performances are histrionic and abrasive, in what feels like a rushed production where no one had the time to come up with a unique spin on the material.
| Original Score: D+
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
July 16, 2011
The movie seems to be intoxicated by how funny it thinks it is, gleefully descending into a swell of hyperactivity, with each new scene engineered to one-up the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 12, 2011
Salvation Boulevard doesn't simply pander to its choir; it practically accosts it via all manner of grotesque characterizations and situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
July 14, 2011
May have been complicated and chaotic on the page but it's reduced to a tedious film that makes no impact on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 14, 2011
long on chutzpah but short on finesse
| Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 16, 2011
A toothless satire, either unwilling or unable to commit to a darker path.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 13, 2011
Despite the talents of Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Ciaran Hinds, Yul Vazquez and Jim Gaffigan, "Salvation Boulevard" is far less than the sum of its fine, character-actor parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 14, 2011
Yet another slam on an amoral Fundamentalist preacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 14, 2011
There is the inkling of a strong, interesting idea here ... but "Salvation Boulevard" is itself too loosely tethered to the actual world to make the point with the necessary vigor or acuity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2011
It's quite funny at times and has some good performances. But it's so predictable it has no bite, either as social satire or as slapstick comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 13, 2011
Only Tomei, as an ineffectual campus security guard and fellow Deadhead, makes a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 5, 2011
In truckin' past so many fruitful oases, "Salvation Boulevard" is a bumpy road.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
Silly cat-and-mouse comedy doesn't make much of its evangelist-mocking premise.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 11, 2011
It's a blunderbuss satire that criminally wastes a talented cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 4, 2011
A real missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jordan Riefe
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
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