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Synopsis

New York in the 90s: After leaving graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a writer, Joanna (Margaret Qualley) gets hired as an assistant to Margaret (Sigourney Weaver), the stoic and old-fashioned literary agent of J. D. Salinger. Fluctuating between poverty and glamour, she spends her days in a plush, wood-panelled office – where dictaphones and typewriters still reign and agents doze off after three-martini lunches – and her nights in a sink-less Brooklyn apartment with her socialist boyfriend. Joanna’s main task is processing Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, but as she reads the heart-wrenching letters from around the world, she becomes reluctant to send the agency’s impersonal standard letter and impulsively begins personalizing the responses. The results are both humorous and moving, as Joanna, while using the great writer’s voice, begins to discover her own.

Cast

  • Margaret Qualley
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Douglas Booth
  • Seána Kerslake
  • Colm Feore
  • Brian F. O'Byrne
  • Théodore Pellerin

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Metacritic

50
Feb 26, 2020

The main issue with the film's screenplay, written by the director, is that it is trying to cover too much ground and yet be tonally light on its feet.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
50
Feb 26, 2020

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.

Wendy Ide
Screen Daily
60
Feb 26, 2020

Buoyed by an appealing duet of star turns from Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver.

Metacritic review by Tim Robey
Tim Robey
The Telegraph