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Savage Grace Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 4, 2008
Though the characters may be repellent, the film permits you to feel sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2008
It's a horror story, all right, but the reason for telling it remains unclear, and it seems like a waste of Kalin's evident talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2008
For that particular someone, Savage Grace could be the perfect summer chiller.ca
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2008
If ever there was a film to extinguish any envy of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, Savage Grace is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 20, 2008
Though the film looks elegant, with deceptively simple interiors creating an impression of great wealth, it feels remote. We're impressed by the work the actors are doing, yet the characters don't hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 13, 2008
Savage Grace contemplates passion without sampling it, though, and the film quickly becomes as remote as a magazine spread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2008
Julianne Moore proves game for anything in this pitch-black true-crime reconstruction, where she stars as mercurial socialite Barbara Baekeland, wife of the taciturn heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune (virtuoso Stephen Dillane).
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 13, 2008
While the Baekelands would be flattered to rank with Clytemnestra and Oedipus, they and the film are as shallow as martinis
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
Living these lives, for these people, must have been sad and tedious, and so, inevitably, is their story, and it must be said, the film about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2008
Savage Grace is content to glide along, and while its key performances are intelligent, none of the writing activates these real-life characters fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 12, 2008
The movie just sloshes along in a heavy, slightly overdone way.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 2, 2008
I think the director has some talent, but it's kind of a nothing tale.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 30, 2008
Savage Grace has been shot with decadent cool creaminess, yet it's a rather slipshod movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 30, 2008
Given its subject matter, it's oddly vacuous -- it rarely takes hold emotionally even when its people hit bottom with a resounding thud.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 30, 2008
Grace may be based on a true story, but barely a moment in it feels real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 30, 2008
The movie is based on a true story, but for all its outré set pieces it never rises above the level of pretentious trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 30, 2008
Savage Grace doesnâ(TM)t seem quite sure of how to communicate its own fascination with such doings, whether to convey shock, envy, pity or bemusement.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 29, 2008
When in the presence of a woman like Barbara Baekeland -- and an actress like Moore -- lesser souls are doomed to wither.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 29, 2008
Howard Rodman's fine-tuned script and terrific acting across the board (Hugh Dancy is marvelous as a fashionable, well-manicured monster) makes Savage Grace a pleasure -- albeit a ghastly one -- to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 29, 2008
Director Tom Kalin is a huge talent, and working from a script that Howard Rodman carved out of a book by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson, he uses dark humor and artful style to pull you into a tale of the rich abusing their privileges.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 28, 2008
Savage Grace is a film strictly for avant-garde festivals, at which even minimal exposition is at a premium.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 28, 2008
Mother-son incest, adultery, full-frontal nudity, murder and suicide may not lure summer ostriches hellbent on burying their brains in entertainments as forgettable as Chinese menus, but what a haunting experience they'll miss.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 27, 2008
Unfortunately for all its assets, especially Moore, Savage Grace leaves us somewhat empty-handed.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2008
In its frigid way, Savage Grace is potent: It makes incest a state of mind.
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
April 23, 2008
The lurid plot, based on a very true story, isn't the problem here...stilted dialogue), and not nearly enough coaxing Moore out of her habit of clenching her face at the camera.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
April 23, 2008
A lip-smacking episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Depraved, designed more for train-wreck gawkery than psychological illumination.
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Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2007
By scrupulously avoiding melodrama, [director] Kalin ensures that the characters remain recognizably human despite their flaws and monstrous weaknesses.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 20, 2007
A crushingly unsuccessful glimpse into the lives of the rich, peripatetic heirs of the Bakelite plastics fortune.