A feature-length biopic that appears to be comprised of half-realized highlights from a television miniseries.
It's ironic that Salinger, who loved movies but refused to have his books sold to Hollywood, should now be the subject of a movie he would in all likelihood disdain.
It's tempting to wonder how Strong - who, as a screenwriter, so expertly distilled a pair of wild and woolly presidential campaigns into "Recount" and "Game Change" - honestly thought he could get away with his graceless, tell-not-show dramatic tactics.
The journey of J.D. Salinger from young wiseacre to world-celebrated author and notorious recluse is absorbingly traced in Danny Strong's "Rebel in the Rye."
You won't find much new light shed on the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye in writer-director Danny Strong's polished but clich�-festooned biopic Rebel in the Rye.
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 ...
There's a special cruelty ... in consigning Salinger-an author whose most famous character incessantly rails against phoniness-to the superficial clich� factory that is Rebel In The Rye.
This thanklessly watchable film ... may not warrant Holden Caulfield's trademark judgment of phoniness - but, like any clich�d writing, deserves rejection.
Don't ever go see movies about writers. All it ever makes you do is wonder why you're not home reading them.