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Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

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  • Summary: After witnessing the murder of his wife, a man (Kilmer) goes undercover to avenge her death.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. As a gallery of the grotesque, however, the cinematic equivalent of a Joe Coleman painting or Adam Parfrey publication, The Salton Sea is a blast.
  2. A slick, stylish hardboiled caper filtered through a druggy haze and borrowing a bit of a "Memento" revenge motif and "Pulp Fiction" playfulness.
  3. 70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    50
    Adheres to the whacked notion that Hollywood does drugs so the rest of us don't have to.
  5. It's been a month since I attended a preview, and I'm more grateful than sorry that I no longer remember it well. Drug thrillers and revenge plots bore me.
  6. 30
    To say that the film is unpleasant would imply that there's an emotional reaction to be gotten from it. I'd have to believe that there was someone, somewhere, who would actually care.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Let's just say that in spite of its malignant sun-scorched palette, absurdist visions, and narrative loop the loops, the picture looks in hindsight like the same old vigilante crap.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    The Salton Sea is an amalgamation of pulp fiction, memento and identity. The movie also has a style all it's own. The movie also has connections to Trainspotting because the movie focus on speed addicts. The movie's storyline has connections to those movies but the visuals are inventive and Kilmer is at his peak in the movie. His role is the best he's ever done, he was born for the role. The Salton Sea deserves way more credit than it received in 2002, it is a modern classic. Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2014
    10
    The Salton Sea has many twists and and turns. The movie has impressive acting and a plot that you
    won't figure out until the ending. This
    movie is very underrated and is easily one of Kilmer's best roles. Expand

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