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  • Summary: After witnessing the murder of his wife, a man (Kilmer) goes undercover to avenge her death.
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  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
    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
    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: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    An intense and highly absorbing thriller with a brilliant performance from Val Kilmer.
  2. Sep 12, 2014
    An intricate, revenge themed film noir with similarities to Trainspotting, Memento and Pulp Fiction.
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    The Salton Sea is a terrific dramatic tale of a man who is attempting to rectify grief from his past.
  4. Sep 13, 2014
    Val Kilmer ignites the screen in this intense dramatic thriller about Kilmer settling a score with someone.
  5. Jun 26, 2014
    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
  6. Sep 13, 2014
    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. Expand
  7. Jul 9, 2014
    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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