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Based on 30 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 70
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's Vincent D'Onofrio as Pooh-Bear, a drug lord who's snorted so much meth his nose had to be replaced by a plastic one, who kicks ass. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    All the movie's narrative gymnastics can't disguise the fact that it's inauthentic at its core and that its story just isn't worth telling. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A slick, stylish hardboiled caper filtered through a druggy haze and borrowing a bit of a "Memento" revenge motif and "Pulp Fiction" playfulness. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Might be thought of as "Memento" for people who didn't get "Memento." show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It contains one element of startling originality: its bad guy, nicknamed Pooh-Bear and played by Vincent D'Onofrio in a great weird demented giggle of a performance; imagine a Batman villain cycled through the hallucinations of "Requiem for a Dream." show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Strikes out toward freakishly original territory after all. Fans of the off-beat, your movie has arrived. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Unlike in many thrillers, the movie doesn't sandbag us with one last, cheap twist at the end. The Salton Sea contains its share of surprises, but none of them feels forced or artificial. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    A commercial Hollywood movie without pretensions. If there's no art here, it's still a good yarn - which is nothing to sneeze at these days. show more

  • 50
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Sacrificing content for style, Caruso gives us a lot to look at but little to ponder. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The more the picture reveals, the less interesting it gets, transforming its hero from an intriguing mystery man into a standard-issue screen vigilante -- and steadily upping the violence, complete with harrowing torture scenes, in a lame effort to keep our juices flowing. show more

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