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My Salinger Year

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Canada, Ireland

2021

Rated R • 1h41

Philippe Falardeau

Director

Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver, Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake

Stars

Drama

Genre

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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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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.
50

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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