Mark Preston
Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 12, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Salvation Boulevard

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/15/11
performer
Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei
director
George Ratliff
author
George Ratliff
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Just as Wag the Dog softened the edges of novelist Larry Beinhart’s stinging political satire American Hero, so Salvation Boulevard deflects the barbs of Beinhart’s stinging religious satire of the same name. Behold: an atheist (Ed Harris), a fire-breathing Christian pastor (Pierce Brosnan, great in full brimstone mode), and a Grateful Dead devotee (Greg Kinnear), all mocked equally. But the comedic slaps are too limp to leave a mark. Director George Ratliff applied a much clearer eye to Hell House, his chilling 2001 documentary about a real church. (Available on demand July 27) C

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