• Unrated, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tom Kalin
    In Theaters:
    May 18, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 23, 2008
  • IFC First Take

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Savage Grace Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Ridiculous. An artsy-soapy drawing room study of bored contempt and idle peccadilloes amongst the 1950s-'60s-'70s jet set in Europe.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

May 6, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Superficial dysfunctional story on the rich.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

September 25, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The most shocking thing about Savage Grace is its flatness

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

A sick-room torpor hangs heavily about this masterfully controlled, elegantly composed movie by Tom Kalin.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The subject matter could be considered shocking and the film is difficult to watch at times; the director, Tom Kalin, isn't pulling his punches, but he refrains from giving any of the material the showy Hollywood treatment.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Provocative but frustratingly shallow.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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While the pace occasionally flags and there are times when we wonder where Kalin is leading us, he maintains a pervasive sense of dread and unease throughout that makes the chilling climax seem both shocking and inevitable.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com

This tale of class differences, social climbing, illicit affairs, incest and murder creates an emotional wall between the characters and the audience.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2008

For all the Baekalands' outré behavior, the movie is peculiarly timid at times.

Full Review Source: Pajiba

September 10, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A grotesque waste of time about terrible people I'd rather not have known.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1/4

July 31, 2008
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The performance is so oversized that, just as Barbara cowed her husband and son into submission, the other actors seem to tiptoe around Moore.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 2/4

July 28, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...more savagery than grace...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2008
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

Savage Grace is a movie that badly wants to shock you. The only thing that might raise an eyebrow here, however, is the shocking rate at which everyone lights up a cigarette every five minutes.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

July 18, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Ultimately, I felt more sorry for Moore - giving her all to a skeezy, tabloid psychodrama - than for her self-absorbed character.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2008
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

An appallingly handsome and creepy film entirely suiting the subject matter and repellent and alluring in equal measure. If you relish dishy tales of the depraved rich, it's like Thanksgiving in a movie.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

July 11, 2008
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Director Tom Kalin, who's making his second feature after 1992's Swoon, tells the real-life story of the Baekeland family in a subdued whisper, like a servant muttering backstairs about a rich master's failings.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008

Empire Magazine

A film as harsh, brittle and unbalanced as its characters.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

July 11, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

The film boasts another sensational performance by Moore and a welcome return to feature directing by Kalin.

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

July 8, 2008
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Kalin and Moore have done such a fine job creating this monster, you'll be inclined to forgive them for never quite figuring out what to do with her.

Full Review

July 6, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Though the characters may be repellent, the film permits you to feel sympathy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 4, 2008
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