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The Savages Reviews

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October 15, 2014
Wow, a cold fish of a movie, but compelling to watch nonetheless.
½ October 10, 2014
i never know how to rate movies that are good, but depressing. ??
½ October 3, 2014
The Savages is a beautifully acted and honest film that is true to life without being patronizing
September 21, 2014
What promised to be a pretty edgy comedy after the first 10 minutes turned into a emotional family story where the characters are the be all and end all. It does have one or two funny moments but it's mainly pretty dark and moving stuff. This film is also another sad reminder in what we have lost with Philip Seymour Hoffman passing.
½ September 15, 2014
Really liked it, just wasn't keen on the ending.
September 14, 2014
Pretty good movie and a reminder of how great Phillip Seymour Hoffman was as an actor.
½ September 13, 2014
Slightly bleak comedy melodrama about coping with an elderly father who has dementia. Good acting performances all round, Hoffman is always great.
August 13, 2014
The Savages is a tough movie. It deals with unpleasant themes such as mediocrity, failed relationships and taking care of aging relatives who did not do a good job at parenting. The results are excellent, thanks to the outstanding cast and script.

It starts on a sarcastic note, with dad Lenny Savage (a great Philip Bosco) behaving badly in sunny Arizona. Lenny is an unpleasant old man, spending his retirement in a senior-only community. When his female companion dies suddenly, we learn that they were not married and that the house belonged to her. The woman's children want Lenny out ASAP, so his two estranged children, Wendy and Jon (equally great Linney and Seymour Hoffman) must come and take him back to the East Coast, where they live.

Also due to their difficult childhood - only hinted at - Wendy and Jon have issues of their own, such as being unable to have healthy, long terms relationships. Wendy is involved in a dispassionate affair with a married man and Jon cannot commit to his long-term Polish girlfriend who must leave the US before being deported. The siblings have a strained relationship of their own, fed on the frustration of having both literary ambitions, but holding mundane jobs.

The movie develops their relationship nicely, as the only metaphorical ray of sunshine in an otherwise frosty and desolate landscape. Despite the abuse they suffered at the hands of Lenny and a mother who just "left", they try to do their best to care for their hostile, demented dad, who does not show a shred of gratitude. The movie has a sort of melancholic humour and even manages to end with a much needed uplifting note. Definitely top-class film-making for discerning audiences.
August 9, 2014
Dark and sad and so touchingly real!
½ July 7, 2014
I feel better about my family now. Thank you Savage family.
½ May 4, 2014
A well-observed film that evokes solidarity and empathy.
½ May 1, 2014
A very real look at what appears to be a very normal situation, portrayed brilliantly by the actors in tow.
April 24, 2014
wow ummmm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that laura linney, philip seymour hoffman (.R.I.P.), philip bosco, peter friedman, david zayas (from the brilliant tv series the following), play good roles/parts thorughout this movie......i think that the director of this comedy/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......i think that philip bosco was brilliant throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch but its such a brilliant movie 2 watch.......i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch.......i think that philip seymour hoffman was brilliant thorughout this movie........i think that this is such a great movie 2 watch......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really sad movie 2 watch its such a brilliant movie 2 watch i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch its got a great cast thorughout this movie i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch its such a really well directed movie 2 watch its such a brilliant movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie......i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch its got a good cast thorughout this movie.........i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie its such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
½ April 6, 2014
Aavistuksen tylsä, mutta hyvin näytelty.
March 9, 2014
Hardly as funny as I heard it was. The main performances were great but I felt a couple of storylines could have been cut and the film made shorter to maintain more interest.
½ March 2, 2014
There are movies that just come at the right time in your life and that timing makes them better movies. I found the characters a bit cliche but it's that stereotyping of these people that makes it easier to see myself in them. In the end, it really just made me miss PSH a little bit more.
February 9, 2014
Cheesy at times, but Laura Linney and Hoffman are a lovable pair. The portrayal of Sun Valley is great.
February 8, 2014
Really awesome story and great performances from Laura Linney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Phillip Bosco.
February 7, 2014
"The Savages" is hard to sit through in the best sense of that phrase. Hoffman gives yet another beautiful performance yet is outdone by the attractive and immensely gifted Laura Linney.
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