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Rebel in the Rye (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Rebel in the Rye attempts to dramatize J.D. Salinger's life and creative process, but falters with a lack of dramatic impetus or a cohesive thesis about the reclusive author.

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This biopic of legendary author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) details his relationship with socialite Oona O'Neill (Zoey Deutch), his experiences fighting in World War II, and his writing process for The Catcher in the Rye. Kevin Spacey and Sarah Paulson co-star. Written and directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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Cast

Nicholas Hoult
as J.D. Salinger
Kevin Spacey
as Whit Burnett
Sarah Paulson
as Dorothy Olding
Zoey Deutch
as Oona O'Neill
Victor Garber
as Sol Salinger

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For the film's UK release, nearly three years after its limited theatrical unveiling in the US, Spacey has unsurprisingly been scrubbed from its cover art. The same treatment should have been extended to the film itself.

May 19, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Danny Strong's film suggests dramatic Tetris, and it leeches J.D. Salinger and his process of any mystery.

January 14, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

We see the young Salinger stuck at his desk lighting matches and throwing pages in the garbage. We see his trembling hand hovering above a page. There is sometimes music. When all else fails, there's a montage.

October 6, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A faithful and often moving look in the life of J.D. Salinger, a warts-and-all portrayal that succeeds in large part because of a dynamically persuasive performance by Nicholas Hoult.

October 5, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Nicholas Hoult leads a stacked cast in the biopic Rebel in the Rye, but the movie doesn't reveal much that isn't already known about the legendary J. D. Salinger.

September 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With Rebel in the Rye, we get a solid, well-acted and basically standard biopic.

September 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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