Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Chris Willman
    Sep 3, 2013
    Given that this isn’t the extended TV mini-series that the subject deserves, Salinger does an effective job of making the writer seem alternately more mundane and more mysterious, almost at the same time.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 2, 2013
    In its revelations of Salinger's flaws, the documentary capably strips away the fanaticism associated with his books to create the impression of a human being.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 20, 2013
    This much is sure: Salinger would have hated this movie. But he would have hated it for the very reason that others will like it: because it takes an honest-to-goodness crack at unlocking that mystery of a man and at answering key questions the publishing world and the reading public have been asking ever since he forsook them. Nothing phony about that.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 19, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Sep 19, 2013
    Despite its considerable flaws, Salinger is a valuable and engrossing biography of the author.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 6, 2013
    By turns fascinating and infuriating.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 6, 2013
    Insightful gems are unearthed throughout the flawed but engrossing Salinger,a much-anticipated documentary about the author of The Catcher in the Rye.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 19, 2013
    It is by turns illuminating, exasperating, sloppy, redundant, a head-spinner, and a headache.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 13, 2013
    I thought that Salerno's story was great. A topic about a mysterious author- JD.Salinger. Now, this was a mystery that's loopholes finallyI thought that Salerno's story was great. A topic about a mysterious author- JD.Salinger. Now, this was a mystery that's loopholes finally opened. This documentary is refreshing. It's works and Shane Salreno directs fully good. Must watch! How about a movie of Lemony Snicket, eh? IAM LOOKING AT YOU MICHEAL MOORE. But Salinger got boring very easily its good story made its a boring craft but the movie only runs on one bar. It's not easy but its effective. Full Review »