Salvation Boulevard (2011) 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… 2011-07-15 PT94M Comedy Mystery and Thriller Pierce Brosnan Greg Kinnear Marisa Tomei IFC Films
Movie Review

Salvation Boulevard (2011)

Jennifer Connelly | WITHOUT GOD Isabelle Fuhrman and Jennifer Connelly in Salvation Boulevard
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WITHOUT GOD Isabelle Fuhrman and Jennifer Connelly in Salvation Boulevard
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Jul 15, 2011; Length: 94 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Mystery and Thriller; With: Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear; Distributor: IFC Films

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

Originally posted Jul 13, 2011 Published in issue #1164 Order article reprints