The Savages Reviews

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October 29, 2019
A brutally honest look at a dysfunctional family that features outstanding performances from Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
June 6, 2019
An extremely rewarding film, a dark comedy that balances its acerbic wit with something much more profound and ultimately exhilarating - life in all of its beautiful, painful glory.
July 12, 2016
What it lacks in hard aesthetics, The Savages makes up for in exquisite human moments.
November 17, 2011
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.
August 27, 2009
One rummages vainly through tics in search of genuine emotion
May 13, 2009
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.
October 1, 2008
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.
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.
September 8, 2008
Jenkins fans looking for the irreverent humor of Slums need not apply.
September 4, 2008
Having the talent of Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman isn't enough.
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.
August 7, 2008
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.
July 18, 2008
This film is immensely rewarding and in its own way exceptionally beautiful.
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.
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.
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