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  • Summary: As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who Is Salt?" (Columbia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. 100
    It's gloriously absurd. This movie has holes in it big enough to drive the whole movie through. The laws of physics seem to be suspended here the same way as in a Road Runner cartoon.
  2. 80
    This is a daring, audacious and sometimes terrifying movie -- purely as a thrill ride, it's probably the summer's best offering so far. That doesn't mean it left me feeling entirely satisfied. There's an emptiness at the soul of Salt -- again, meaning both the movie and the character -- that's extremely disturbing, maybe on purpose.
  3. 75
    Primed to keep your pulse racing so your brain will stop thinking, "WTF!" Go with the illogic or you'll miss the fun.
  4. 70
    The movie has an air of momentousness, yet most of it is conventional, though well-directed, pop mayhem.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeVore
    As Jolie's closest professional confidant, Liev Schreiber is his usual excellent, formidable self.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The considerable talents of a strong supporting cast, which includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liev Schreiber and Andre Braugher, go untapped. The only distinguishing feature to this by-the-book thriller is Jolie, who gets pummeled as good as she pummels.
  7. 25
    Salt is about as believable as a secret training program for military pilots consisting entirely of kangaroos in flight helmets. But it must be said that the star carries her load admirably.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 149
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    I don't understand the low ratings some movies get because for my money this was the best of it's kind this year. I'm not a Jolie fan, like anything with DiCaprio and a couple of others their name makes me think twice before going to see any movie they're in. But she did a great job here with a story that could have been far worse than any 24 script. The sleeper premise is far-fetched but if you can get past that it's a very entertaining film with more going for it than stunts and action. But since it's a summer movie there is plenty of both. I guess we need a break from reality and a trip back to the bad old Cold War days was almost a relief. I saw lots of happy faces leaving the theater after this one. Expand
  2. alanh
    Jul 24, 2010
    If you don't like this film, I guess you don't like spy stories or action movies. This is a great one. As for all the supposed holes in the plot, there are no more than one would find in any film about a diabolical plot to conquer the world. Despite how unlikely the scenario might be, it all makes sense on its own terms. Roger Ebert has it right. This is a a don't miss thriller. Expand
  3. Mar 22, 2014
    Salt is completely implausible, yet it must be said that Jolie plays her role almost perfect. The nature of the film and the way the story unfolds itself makes you want to watch this movie more than once. Expand
  4. Aug 31, 2010
    a lot of fun. keeps you guessing which side salt is on and what her real motivations are. some nice twists. its unpredictable and that's what sets it above most action films. Jolie plays the character well. although you have to suspend your disbelief that such a physically thin woman could beat up all those big guys. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2010
    Jolie is oustanding and the action is passable, but overall, Salt is an amplified action thriller trying so hard to be something more profound that it does end up being trying indeed. Expand
  6. Jan 19, 2011
    I am an avid Angelina Jolie fan, but this film's plot was ridiculous and poorly executed. I actually fell asleep while watching this and woke up toward the end. The best element of Salt is Angelina Jolie's amazing stunts. Otherwise skip this one. Expand
  7. Oct 5, 2013
    Imagine Bourne Identity with a female lead and poorly done and that's what Salt is. The acting is weak, The plot is painfully generic, and the action fails to entertain. It's just a real stupid movie. Expand

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