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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Willman
    Sep 3, 2013
    83
    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: Claudia Puig
    Sep 6, 2013
    75
    Insightful gems are unearthed throughout the flawed but engrossing Salinger,a much-anticipated documentary about the author of The Catcher in the Rye.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 19, 2013
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Sep 18, 2013
    40
    Salerno spends more time talking to photographers with telephoto lenses who, over the decades, laid in wait for Salinger in the hope of capturing a grainy picture, than he does talking to literary analysts and historians.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 22, 2013
    38
    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especially near the end, when we get to the maybe-probably-sort-ofs regarding the maybe-probably-possibly full vault of unpublished work.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 19, 2013
    37
    While some of the stories are interesting, the film is much longer than it needs to be. For his part, Salerno tries to get creative with solutions for the lack of visual stimuli, but most attempts fail.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sep 5, 2013
    0
    That mystery is certainly hardy enough to withstand the voyeuristic onslaught of this self-aggrandizing, lurid documentary, which leaves the viewer feeling that we’ve been given a tour of Salinger’s septic tank in hip waders without ever getting to knock on his door and say hello.

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  1. Sep 13, 2013
    6
    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. Collapse

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