“Rebel in the Rye” attempts to understand a man who didn’t want to be understood, made by a writer-director who is clearly a fan. This can have its drawbacks — it’s hard to attain some level of objectivity when you are an advocate. But it also means we have the warmest possible portrait of a chilly personality, author J.D. Salinger, an uncompromising writer who became burdened by his 1951 debut novel, “Catcher in the Rye,” now an American classic.
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- ‘Rebel in the Rye’: Fan’s warm portrait of enigmatic author J.D. Salinger
By G. Allen Johnson - Thursday Sep 14, 2017
- ‘Rebel in the Rye’ Tops Weak Indie Box Office
By Jeremy Fuster, provided by
- Sunday Sep 10, 2017
With the Venice Film Festival now complete and the deals at Toronto just getting started, this weekend was a slow one for the indie box office. The lone standout this weekend was IFC’s J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” which made $44,280 from four screens for a PSA of $11,070.Written and directed by Danny Strong, the film stars Nicholas Hoult as J.D. Salinger, as he navigates his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch) while writing his most famous work, “Catcher In The Rye.” Sarah Paulson and Kevin Spacey also star. The film received a 33 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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- Danny Strong on Why He Recut ‘Rebel in the Rye’ (Exclusive Video)
By Umberto Gonzalez, provided by
- Friday Sep 8, 2017
The Sundance premiere of “Rebel in the Rye” was disappointing to its director and co-writer Danny Strong, but, he told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman, “it also was incredibly helpful.”“It made me see what I needed to do to the film,” Strong said in a one-on-one with Waxman at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).“Rebel in the Rye” takes viewers on a journey into the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author J.D. Salinger and tells the story of the birth of “The Catcher in the Rye.” As the author who captivated a generation, Salinger soared to the heights of the literary world but left it all behind for a life of seclusion. READ MORE See Danny Strong's latest POWER MOVE.
- ‘Rebel in the Rye’ Review: JD Salinger Biopic Explains It All for You, Poorly
By Robert Abele, provided by
- Thursday Sep 7, 2017
Alongside the strange case of the great-painter biopic that isn’t visually arresting is the problem of the great-writer film that traffics in clichés. The latter is the regrettable category for “Rebel in the Rye,” screenwriter-director Danny Strong’s dutiful rundown of the rise of J. D. Salinger from precocious wiseass to storied chronicler of the odd and disaffected — before those qualities in the author, made famous with his anti-hero Holden Caulfield, spelled his retreat from the world.Taking the cinematic shovel and microscope to the mysteries of creation has already felled countless movies about authors; Strong has company.
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