The Savages Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
We could say that The Savages is a social-problem drama about senile dementia and nursing homes, but that's a little like saying The 400 Blows is about school truancy.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
The Savages is a labored labor of love about an estranged brother and sister, who have to deal with a frail and fractious father.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
October 1, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 22, 2008
Linney and Hoffman are both terrific, and Jenkins's script is pointed and perceptive, but the film's arc is a little flat.
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 8, 2008
Jenkins fans looking for the irreverent humor of Slums need not apply.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 22, 2008
It could have been shortened a bit, I didn't think the material was enough for almost two hours, but if you enjoy dramedy's like SIDEWAYS, give it a try.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 18, 2008
Tamara Jenkins's film tackles the difficult subject of facing up to an ageing parent's mental and physical demise with overt sensitivity but no punches are spared.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 18, 2008
This film is immensely rewarding and in its own way exceptionally beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
Oddly being marketed as a comedy by its distributor, The Savages is best approached as a drama with an intermittently light touch that's generally more of a curse than a boon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 22, 2008
A wonderful black comedy that has gotten a tad lost in the recent sea of excellent indie pictures.
May 1, 2008
While writer-director Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills) lets things get a little mushy towards the end, the film brilliantly portrays a difficult family moment made even more complicated by her characters' overweening narcissism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
April 22, 2008
The Savages proves there's a rich vein of humor to be mined from the darkest of themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 21, 2008
Hoffman and Linney bring a credible blend of ease and exasperation to the sibling relations, which show concern and competition in roughly equal measure. [DVD]
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
There really doesn't seem to be much of a bright side about a brother and sister who are faced with putting their father in a nursing home, but Jenkins manages to mine humor and heart out of the bleak circumstances.
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
The Savages is the sort of film that, while ringing with laudable authenticity and an admirable lack of maudlin sentimentality, prefers wallowing in misery to reaching for transformation.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 16, 2008
Call me hokey if you want. I just would have liked more heart in there somewhere. But the acting is superb and it's worth seeing just for that. By no means watch this over the holidays but pursue its scholarly merit on safe ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 8, 2008
Most of all about recovering, about picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and plugging on. It also just happens to be, in its small, astutely observed, delicately bittersweet way, one of the best films of the year.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 24, 2011
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 26, 2007
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
December 14, 2007
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