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Salt

6/10
Mystery . Crime . Thriller . Action
 

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"

 
Actors: Cassidy Hinkle , Victor Slezak , Gaius Charles , Yara Shahidi , August Diehl , Daniel Olbrychski , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Corey Stoll , Liev Schreiber , Angelina Jolie
Directors: Phillip Noyce
Country: USA
Release: 2010-07-23
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  • Roger Ebert

    It's gloriously absurd. This movie has holes in it big enough to drive the whole movie through. The laws of physics seem to be suspended here the same way as in a Road Runner cartoon.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Salt moves ever forward -- pushing, pushing, pushing its heroine to greater feats every minute. It doesn't stop for martinis, either shaken or stirred, or any other detours. The movie is lean and muscular, looking for action even in situations where a little sleight of hand might have done the trick.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Like its star, Salt is a spare and lean piece of work; it's everything a modern action movie should be, a picture made with confidence but not arrogance, one that believes so wholeheartedly in its outlandish plot twists that they come to make perfect alt-universe sense.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Fast-moving, exciting and contains more twists than a tunnel under Checkpoint Charlie.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    In a crackerjack and very lean 100 minutes, the lithe and physically dynamic Jolie burns up the screen and shows the boys how it's done.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is a daring, audacious and sometimes terrifying movie -- purely as a thrill ride, it's probably the summer's best offering so far. That doesn't mean it left me feeling entirely satisfied. There's an emptiness at the soul of Salt -- again, meaning both the movie and the character -- that's extremely disturbing, maybe on purpose.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A senseless blast.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    And really, who goes to summer action movies for cast-iron logic anyway? Or for plausible characters, for that matter? You go for brisk stunts expertly executed, for well-directed action that doesn't allow you to catch your breath and for one of the preeminent action stars of our time. Yes, that would be Angelina Jolie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    With a woman-with THIS woman-all the invincible-spy clichés feel fresh and fun again.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    She's (Jolie) got what no other Hollywood woman even tries for, and which is embodied among recent international stars perhaps only by Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh: feminismo.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Primed to keep your pulse racing so your brain will stop thinking, "WTF!" Go with the illogic or you'll miss the fun.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Like the "Bourne" franchise to which Noyce's film is indebted, Salt is a combination of pursuit, evasion, name-clearing and a reversal or two.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    In a way, Phillip Noyce's film is the anti-"Inception"; it's never dazzling, but it's never confusing, either. It's a Bourne movie minus the exotic locations and sickening handheld camera, and its head spy has way better lips than Matt Damon.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The action scenes are imaginative and elaborate without seeming fake. Nothing is belabored, and the stakes never stop escalating.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    It's popcorn pulp that collided -- at 100 mph, natch -- with a far more sober and crafty grown-up movie.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Salt knows how to stay one step ahead of you in devious, if jaw-droppingly contrived, ways. The movie is fun, dammit. So who cares, really, if it's trash?

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Salt's mechanical command of action is what makes it one of the most entertaining films of a summer thin on its once-abundant variety of cheap thrills.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The only thing missing from Salt is Lotte Lenya's Rosa Klebb with her steel blade-tipped shoes from "From Russia With Love." Come to think of it, the Russian defector here does indeed kill with steel-blade shoes. Nice touch.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    From the start, this character plays to the star's strengths, merging subject and object, warrior and victim, ass-kicker and damsel-in-distress. And hero and villain.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    As a fierce superspy and mistress of many disguises, Jolie represents the one indisputably kickass element in this brisk, professionally assembled but finally shrug-inducing thriller.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Anderson

    It is fun: Watching Ms. Jolie do her own acrobatics, under the direction of her longtime stunt coordinator Simon Crane, is a kick, especially in an era when our knowledge of special effects have so diluted the vicarious thrills of high-wire moviemaking.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Denby

    The movie has an air of momentousness, yet most of it is conventional, though well-directed, pop mayhem.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's nail-biting good fun, sporting some très haute couture nails.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Salt is hooey, but in a medium in which hooey is the stock-in-trade, it's effective hooey, and hooey with admirable craft, and, most of all, breezy hooey.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Salt offers a sloppy concoction of story elements from '70s espionage classics - the sinister black ops of "Three Days of the Condor," the nuclear dread of "Fail-Safe," the political-assassination scenarios of "The Day of the Jackal."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Salt is more than mere seasoning; it's a full bouillabaisse comprised of bits and pieces of James Bond, "The Manchurian Candidate," "The Bourne Identity," TV's "24," and the Nelson DeMille novel "The Charm School."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • John DeVore

    As Jolie's closest professional confidant, Liev Schreiber is his usual excellent, formidable self.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    What Noyce and company don't seem to realize is that there's a huge difference between a superspy and a superhuman.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Salt goes down easy, but it's lacking both nourishment and flavor.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • William Thomas

    Enjoyable enough nonsense, even if it barely cracks a smile.

    Empire Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Salt contains many conflicts: intelligence vs. counterintelligence, blond Angelina vs raven-haired and . . . well, that's about it.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The considerable talents of a strong supporting cast, which includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liev Schreiber and Andre Braugher, go untapped. The only distinguishing feature to this by-the-book thriller is Jolie, who gets pummeled as good as she pummels.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Jolie doesn't seem entirely bored with the routine. She has a laugh or two at her bionic image: Evelyn is a woman who uses a maxi pad as a bandage.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    For all its action thrills, Salt is relatively humourless fare.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It's still a short-enough time-killer of a thriller -- not the worst of the summer, but a long way from the current state of the art.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Suffice it to say that it's something that would make Austin Powers blush, baby, but it's not supposed to be funny.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Salt is a movie constantly painting itself into corners then tromping out with arbitrary twists and action distractions.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    She is the prime special effect, and a reminder that even in an era of technological overkill, movie stars matter.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Jolie must eventually become a comic-book supergirl impervious to explosions and bullets, all the better to set up a "Bourne"-like franchise by the final fade-out.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    There's one nifty and original sequence--an assassination attempt during a state funeral where the pipe organs in the church all go haywire--but otherwise, this is crushingly generic.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Angelina Jolie is definitely worth her salt as an action hero, but Salt is never worth its Angelina Jolie.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Salt is about as believable as a secret training program for military pilots consisting entirely of kangaroos in flight helmets. But it must be said that the star carries her load admirably.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    A sad and engrossing look at a haunted landscape.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    Ultimately, in a film that highlights the physical barriers - walls, roadblocks, armed guards - that keep Palestinians where the Israelis want them, the film's biggest barrier is the one Jacir erects between Soraya and the viewer.

    NPR Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Annemarie Jacir, who was raised in Saudi Arabia, directs with flair and loving attention to the wild, damaged beauty of the contested landscape. But Soraya's rebellious bursts of rage come off more like the tantrums of a spoiled princess than the legitimate anger of an emerging activist.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    Impassioned, but wearisomely didactic, diaspora drama.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    Depressingly one-note, a story that never springs to life.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jay Weissberg

    That the taste of Annemarie Jacir's feature debut should be bitter is completely understandable given the untenable Palestinian situation, but the heavy-handed, excessively didactic script plays like a primer for people only vaguely aware of the issues while overly confirmed in their righteousness.

    Variety Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Both written and played in broad strokes, each character quickly devolves into the most simplistic of symbols. The results comes across more as an agenda than art.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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