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My Salinger Year

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Canada, Ireland
·
2021

Rated R · 1h 41m

Director Philippe Falardeau
Starring Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake
Genre Drama
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After dropping out of graduate school, aspiring writer Joanna takes a job working for the literary agent of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger. Her primary responsibility is to respond to the writer’s abundant fan mail with the agency’s standard form letter – unless she starts to apply her own creative talents…

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Barry Hertz

After watching the film twice in quick succession – a futile attempt at catching a glimpse of what usually makes a Falardeau film so immensely watchable (see the Quebecois filmmaker’s Monsieur Lazhar, The Good Lie, My Internship in Canada and Chuck) – My Salinger Year ultimately lands as a mere footnote.
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San Francisco Chronicle by David Lewis

My Salinger Year, which is basically The Devil Wears Prada set in the literary world, is a film that feels like it’s ready to take off at any moment, but stalls every time it tries to do anything.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

My Salinger Year often trips on the self-serious nature of its premise, and struggles with an antiquated quality out of sync with its timeline, as if trapped between the character’s genuine experiences and her idealized vision of a literary world that doesn’t really exist.
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The Playlist by Jack King

While My Salinger Year is not always successful in the larger debate it tries to have around how we can define authorship, and how the commercialization of writing infringes upon creativity, the film’s central narrative following Joanna’s conflicting aspirations as a writer largely succeeds.
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Variety by Peter Debruge

The movie doesn’t show a complex enough representation of either adult life or the New York literary world to offer much depth to grownups (it’s far more engaged with Joanna’s romantic life and dream sequences set at the Waldorf Astoria), which means that My Salinger Year must have been intended to inspire young women for whom 1995 seems like the ancient past.
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Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

The transporting power of art is a difficult thing to capture in cinema at the best of times, and this film struggles to do so, leaning heavily on a score which signposts the emotional content of each scene a little too emphatically.
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Slant Magazine by Wes Greene

The film fails to effectively seize on how its main character’s life and work experiences have affected her as a person and artist.

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