Rebel in the Rye

Rebel in the Rye

Rebel in the Rye

Nicholas Hault leads this biopic on one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, J.D. Salinger. Co-stars Kevin Spacey and Zoey Deutch.

"This chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, J.D. Salinger, begins as he embarks on his writing career and enters into a tumultuous relationship with young starlet Oona O’Neill. What appears to be a promising start to a career turns into a nightmare when the United States enters World War II. After enlisting, Salinger experiences the horrors of war across the battlefields of Europe, where he begins to pen what would become his iconic novel, The Catcher in the Rye - a work that would forever change the country and its author." (Sundance Film Festival)

2017Rating: M, Mature themes, violence and coarse language106 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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Rebel in the Rye / Reviews

Village Voice

Village Voice

This thanklessly watchable film... like any cliched writing, deserves rejection.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A watchable but shallow take on creativity...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

While Rebel in the Rye isn’t quite as bad as its pile-of-bricks-clunky title suggests, it’s both simple- and literal-minded...

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

(A) polished but cliche-festooned biopic...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The journey of J.D. Salinger from young wiseacre to world-celebrated author and notorious recluse is absorbingly traced...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A feature-length biopic that appears to be comprised of half-realised highlights from a television miniseries.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

(Rebel in the Rye) isn’t terrible; it’s just one of those period films that never catches a spark...

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

You realise the director has bought into the myth along with everyone else, to the point where he thinks the life itself is all the story you need. That's not art, that's worship, and it's what sent J.D. Salinger heading for the hills in the first place.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

As a movie, this Rebel is, as it turns out, terribly by the book.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Fatally, the movie fails to convey the sympathy and imagination of Salinger's prose - instead characters simply state over and over again how brilliant he is.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The warmest possible portrait of a chilly personality...

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

A solid, well-acted and basically standard biopic.

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Paste

Paste

The minutiae of the film's scenes are undermined by a screenplay with details so sparse.

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South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

Yet another cliche-ridden story of the tortured male genius.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The decision to hustle in montage-style fashion through Salinger’s life reduces the man’s development to facile cause-and-effect relationships.

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Independent

Independent

Spacey has unsurprisingly been scrubbed from its cover art. The same treatment should have been extended to the film itself.

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Variety

Variety

Diverting, mildly informative and - to borrow Caulfield's adjective of choice - somewhat phony, heavy as it is on tortured-writer clichés and contrived art-imitates-life parallels.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Strong ... draws connections between life and art in ways many others have, but finds it hard to conjure his subject's passion for writing.

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Collider

Collider

Instead of demythologising Salinger, Rebel in the Rye plays like a fan film rather than an honest examination of a complex figure.

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