• Release Date: Apr 26, 2002
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    Val Kilmer ignites the screen in this intense dramatic thriller about Kilmer settling a score with someone.
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  4. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    An intricate, revenge themed film noir with similarities to Trainspotting, Memento and Pulp Fiction.
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  5. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    Val Kilmer is magnificent is this drama about a man who is trying to recover from an event in his past.
    He can't recover and move on until he does one thing to fix what happened in his past.
  6. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    The Salton Sea is a terrific dramatic tale of a man who is attempting to rectify grief from his past.
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  7. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    An intense and highly absorbing thriller with a brilliant performance from Val Kilmer.
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  8. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    One of my favourite dramas of all time, Val Kilmer is astonishing in the movie.
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  9. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    A movie that has a significant and profound message. If there has been a tragedy in your life, you have to
    face it and rectify it. If someone was responsible for it they must be brought to justice. Then you can move
    on with your life in solace.
  10. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    One of the smartest, memorable, outstanding crime dramas from 2002.
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  11. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    An intense crime drama with clever motifs and Val Kilmer in a consummate role.
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  12. Sep 24, 2014
    10
    The movie is an emotional, intense crime thriller that is similar to many classic movies with its theme.
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Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Sacrificing content for style, Caruso gives us a lot to look at but little to ponder.
  2. The cumulative effect of the movie is repulsive and depressing.
  3. 50
    The Salton Sea isn't without interest or ideas, though some of the better ones are cribbed from David Fincher and, especially, Martin Scorsese.