The Savages Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
One rummages vainly through tics in search of genuine emotion
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 26, 2007
The Savages naturally invites comparisons to Away From Her--all of them unflattering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 4, 2008
Having the talent of Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
November 30, 2007
Lacks the ideal clarity that best supports what is incredibly caustic material. It's a misfire for Jenkins, but an interesting failure.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 2, 2007
It's obvious that Jenkins is inspired by the work of Canadian writer/director Denys Arcand ("The Barbarian Invasions"), but she doesn't dig deep enough to capture the complexities and nuance that the material demands.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
December 12, 2007
The script is kind of a bore and when it's not a bore it's dead set on simply being miserable for the sake of being miserable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
January 23, 2008
The latter half suffers from degenerative indie-itis, that epidemic syndrome whose main symptom is unwarranted interest in the ennui afflicting well-read urban misfits.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
February 1, 2008
There are resonant moments of elderly vulnerability and strong acting from Hoffman and Bosco, but Linney's overly familiar exasperated-woman performance and Jenkins' been-there, done-that-better story sink "The Savages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
November 30, 2007
How unfortunate the film with none.
Top Critic
February 7, 2008
It's billed as a comedy. You may or may not find much to laugh at.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 30, 2008
Exploring ground laid out many times before, The Savages is at times frustrating and at times emotional film that could have used a re-write.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
November 27, 2007
This is not a Sam Shepherd play; it feels more like HBO.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008
Jenkins' brushstrokes of her characters are too exacting to move us more than a lifelike painting of a basket of fruit. We can be awed at the techniques, but walk away empty.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 20, 2007
Predictably unconventional, indulgently metafictional, and hesitant about going for its alluded intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
November 30, 2007
Exactly like I thought it would be for about 96 of its 113-minute running time.
| Original Score: 6/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 21, 2007
In the end, we were bored. In the end, it all seemed pretty trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 21, 2007
The movie greedily uses its rich cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 17, 2008
The moral is: Don't get sick and don't get old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 29, 2007
An awfully well-made film. Brilliant performances are most typified by Bosco's often perfectly incoherent portrayal of a man slipping farther and farther out of touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
December 31, 2007
Painfully poignant, earnest, sad, witty and beautiful. Pretty depressing up until the final, uplifting scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 24, 2011
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
December 14, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 26, 2007

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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