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Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
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  • 50
    Neil Young The Hollywood Reporter

    While this heartfelt, rough-edged tribute to now largely-forgotten Hollywood actor Sal Mineo isn’t without interest, it’s too small-scale and sketchy. show more

  • 38
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    It functions under the delusion that subtext will magically appear if you linger on a character long enough, and the significance of most of its scenes is nothing if not inscrutable. show more

  • 38

    The film ends with footage of his corpse on the sidewalk, and then a scene from "Rebel." From the first footage of the newscast on Mineo's death to this last tasteless film of his body lying in the street, nothing much has been learned about Mineo. show more

  • 40
    Nathan Rabin The Dissolve

    Sal is so inconsequential, it barely exists. It seems possible that even Franco has forgotten it, in order to make room in his memory for the 74 similar projects he was pursuing around the same time. show more

  • 50
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    A stubbornly not-bad character study. show more

  • 40
    Sheri Linden Los Angeles Times

    Franco seems torn, on the one hand presenting his subject as a likably ordinary, self-involved actor and on the other sanctifying him as a would-be gay icon in a conformist industry. show more

  • 40
    Justin Chang Variety

    While Sal means to honor its subject, it’s too clunky and amateurish to really illuminate him. show more

  • 67
    Ben Kenigsberg The A.V. Club

    Despite its modest proportions and chilling finale, Sal is foremost an affectionate tribute, conjuring ample warmth out of relatively little. show more

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