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Savage Grace Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
July 4, 2008
Though the characters may be repellent, the film permits you to feel sympathy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
June 27, 2008
For that particular someone, Savage Grace could be the perfect summer chiller.ca
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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).
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-
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2008
The movie just sloshes along in a heavy, slightly overdone way.
June 2, 2008
I think the director has some talent, but it's kind of a nothing tale.
May 30, 2008
Savage Grace has been shot with decadent cool creaminess, yet it's a rather slipshod movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 29, 2008
When in the presence of a woman like Barbara Baekeland -- and an actress like Moore -- lesser souls are doomed to wither.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 28, 2008
Savage Grace is a film strictly for avant-garde festivals, at which even minimal exposition is at a premium.
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.
May 27, 2008
Unfortunately for all its assets, especially Moore, Savage Grace leaves us somewhat empty-handed.
May 27, 2008
In its frigid way, Savage Grace is potent: It makes incest a state of mind.
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.
April 23, 2008
A lip-smacking episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Depraved, designed more for train-wreck gawkery than psychological illumination.
May 25, 2007
By scrupulously avoiding melodrama, [director] Kalin ensures that the characters remain recognizably human despite their flaws and monstrous weaknesses.
May 20, 2007
A crushingly unsuccessful glimpse into the lives of the rich, peripatetic heirs of the Bakelite plastics fortune.