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The Savages Reviews

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February 7, 2008
It's billed as a comedy. You may or may not find much to laugh at.
February 1, 2008
Jenkins' superlative work proves her first film was no fluke; let's hope it doesn't take another nine years to hear from her again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
January 31, 2008
Screenwriter/director Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills) is smart enough not to try to redeem any of these people - at least not in the traditional, cinematic sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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+
January 24, 2008
Two fine performances, a subject close to all our hearts and a screenplay that manages to be both brilliantly witty and almost unbearably poignant add up to the best family comedy-drama since Little Miss Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2008
The pleasures are small but intense and the spell cast in one of the most surprisingly moving films of the year is captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2008
In Tamara Jenkins' brutally frank and occasionally funny look at lives shaped by disappointment and fear, their love for each other binds them through the worst of times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 24, 2008
Jenkins's solemn comedy may be 389 jokes short of a Woody Allen classic, but there is a tenderness about these flawed heroes that is profoundly touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2008
A powerful, incisive, often very funny look at aging, ailing family dynamics, superbly acted by two of the best in the business.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2008
A richly nuanced American comedy, with two acting talents working at their absolute peak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
January 21, 2008
Hoffman and Linney make a great comedy team, even though the movie they're in is a sometimes grim affair...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2008
Two wry, sad, occasionally funny but always unflinching hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 18, 2008
The fact that "Savages" looks at an ordinary and often inevitable part of life shouldn't obscure the fact that this is a beautifully written and wonderfully played film, capturing the nuances of family dynamics as assuredly as any film I've seen in quite
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 18, 2008
...bitter and heartbreaking, an unsentimental examination of human needfulness that allows for traces of grace amid the ashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
January 17, 2008
A black comedy that frequently goes down like the most bitter coffee imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2008
The moral is: Don't get sick and don't get old.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 17, 2008
It could almost be accused of 'middle-class whining' -- something Linney's character frets about -- if not for its sharply observant conversations and strikingly personal performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 15, 2008
More often than not, it's a film that rings true and has much to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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