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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    We also learn that five of his books, written in secret, will be published between 2015 and 2020. Can't wait to read them. Can't wait to forget this movie. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Salinger does what so many documentaries and biopics either fail to do or decline to attempt; it speculates convincingly on the connective tissue between the life and the work of the subject. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Insightful gems are unearthed throughout the flawed but engrossing Salinger,a much-anticipated documentary about the author of The Catcher in the Rye. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It is by turns illuminating, exasperating, sloppy, redundant, a head-spinner, and a headache. show more

  • 60
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    Although it is overlong, it manages to be fascinating for much of its running time. But it also disappoints on many counts, providing another example of hype outpacing actual achievement -- a syndrome that Salinger himself would probably have deplored. show more

  • 75
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Despite its considerable flaws, Salinger is a valuable and engrossing biography of the author. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    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. Salinger would have recognized the irony, even as he hated the film for invading his privacy. show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Salerno blows little more than smoke in this one, especially near the end, when we get to the maybe-probably-sort-ofs regarding the maybe-probably-possibly full vault of unpublished work. show more

  • 38
    Steve Macfarlane Slant Magazine

    An outsized A&E Biography episode coursing with the strident urgency typical to anyone convinced they have something new to say on a long since played-out topic. show more

  • 38
    Odie Henderson

    The ultimate invasion of its subject's privacy. show more

  • September 25, 2013 lgjhere1
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    Loved it because it speaks of the universal feeling we all have but refuse to reveal, that Salinger brings out from under the wraps, of the phoney society we live in, that he and Holden had contempt for. Is there a better example of this than the Hollywood and TV starletts and their shallowness?

  • September 18, 2013 jpewther
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    Okay documentary. Not much in the way of striking visuals. (How could there be?) Might be better if you are a big fan of J. D. Salinger.

  • September 04, 2013 townwekeryggdhr
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    See .This Movie online at T H E A T E R 1 5 . C 0 M

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