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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
Score distribution:
  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. Aug 15, 2010
    Really enjoyable film. Paced well, flashbacks make sense, motivations are clear, action scenes are not fully believable, but fun none-the-less. Jolie is a splendid actress, Liev Schreiber is a fine actor and the rest of the cast was very good. Many movies suffer from inattentive casting, but this one was spot on.
    All-in-all, a fun, action-packed great summer diversion.
  3. Sep 1, 2010
    Phillip Noyce, Kurt Wimmer and Brian Hegeland's "SALT" was one of the year's most hotly anticipated films everywhere you looked you saw the promotions for this slick and over-the-top action thriller from director Phillip Noyce(Rabbit Proof-Fence, The Quiet American), screen play writers Brian Hegeland(L.A. Confidential, Robin Hood) and Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Law Abiding Citizen). "SALT" is a kind of ripped form the headlines type of action thriller seeing as it is taking its main plot and premise from a news story about a women who accused of being a Russian spy. "SALT" is a standard order thriller with amazing action sequences and death defying stunts the only thing that sets this film apart from other action movies is the fact that it has a seasoned and highly professional star in the lead role, a veteran action director who knows his way around action sequences and conspiracy thrillers. But the plot to this movie seems to be mired in an over abundance of action sequences and chase sequences and to add on top of all that the film clocks out at a measly 1hr. 39 min which leaves little for character development or story development but truth be told does a movie like this really need all that? I don't think so. This film is more reliant on its action, stunts, chases, and Angelina Jolie's excellent performance as Evelyn Salt. This film has so many plot holes that you could drive a semi truck through it is the epitome of over the top action with each and every sequence delivering one brilliant filmed yet outrageously implausible stunt after another. All the while, the audience is sitting there in awe at the stylish and gritty action that laid out for the audience. "SALTâ Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2010
    The film moves at a decent pace for the most part, but gets kinda silly towards the end. Which is a shame as it's quite the thrill ride on the big screen. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2012
    This film was average at best. It had a nice ending and for that I gave it a positive score rather than a mixed one but really this film is mostly the same as nearly every other espionage based action film. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2010
    Jolie really is great, but the happenings are just so unbelievable and cartoon-ish that I was never able to completely suspend my disbelief and just couldn't get into it. Did I mention Jolie is great? 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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