Parents' Guide to

Salt

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Jolie's shallow, ludicrous thriller has lots of violence.

Movie PG-13 2010 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 14+

Jolie is a strong protagonist

A refreshingly strong female protagonist that literally kicks butts and outwits large groups of highly trained folks. As the late great Roger Ebert stated Jolie outBonds James Bond in this film and she performs her stunts with ease and professionalism. Schreiber is awesome in all of his Schreiber-ness and convinces. It is a shame the series did not continue, Salt's story feels like it could run for a long while.
age 15+

Entertaining Movie

Everyone talks about the plot holes and how unrealistic this movie is. And yes it is completely unrealistic. But you have to remember this is Hollywood. It’s not supposed to be based on a true story. I will say there is a lot of violence. To me it was thrilling and a nice change from all the sex filled movies out there.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (55 ):

SALT could have been a pretty good summer popcorn thriller, but director Phillip Noyce and Jolie lend it too much weight without providing any depth; it takes its silly plot a bit too seriously. And although it tries to throw in some twists and surprises, they're not very well executed or surprising. Plus, the action is uninspiring, and the characters don't have any real depth. Some flashbacks seem like a last-minute attempt to help explain just who Salt really is, but they don't help.

In other words, there's not much at stake here, and what's left isn't really that much fun. Only Jolie's sharp onscreen ferocity helps pass the time in an interesting way, but even she feels a bit bored and/or stranded by the lack of material and imagination.

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