Reviews: Salinger (2013)

salingerReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 10/3] | Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: The interviews may have been gathered primarily for the film, but presented alongside other relevant material and Salinger’s own words, they work immeasurably better in Salerno’s recent 700-page biography by the same name, co-authored with David Shields. Distilling those details into a two hour visual companion, the film plays like a haphazard collection of passages from the book, few of which are developed to form a complete idea.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Hyperventilating literary detective documentary about the reclusive author’s wartime traumas and perfectionist manias tells a hell of a story but gets high on its own supply.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: Revelations about Salinger’s arrogance, romantic escapades with much younger women, mania for privacy, writing bunker, and many secrets.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It’s clear director Shane Salerno is an admirer of Salinger, but his movie has no patience for the writer’s work.
  • Sam Fragoso @ SF Bay
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Fatuous and infuriating, it’s a shallow, superficial examination of a multi-layered, engimatic author.
  • [New – 10/3] | John Nesbit @ Old School Reviews
    • Excerpt: a work Holden Caufield would call a phony piece of crap
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Shane Salerno’s exhaustive documentary about one of America’s most enigmatic and reclusive literary figures still manages to leave out essential elements that are only alluded to in the film.

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