The Savages Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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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.
February 7, 2008
It's billed as a comedy. You may or may not find much to laugh at.
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.
Top Critic
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.
January 1, 2008
It's just a shame the script doesn't push the humour further; brief, amusing put-downs aren't quite enough to make this a bonafide comedy. But if you're looking for a well-performed drama about dementia, you've got it.
December 26, 2007
Powerful, painful and yet unerringly funny as it points out our emotional and physical vulnerabilities, this is a film that finds the humor in tragedy while keeping both omnipresent.
December 26, 2007
The Savages not only boasts Oscar-worthy performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as a self-absorbed brother and sister, its attention to detail makes it sweetly funny and genuine.
December 26, 2007
The Savages isn't cheery holiday fare, ... and yet Jenkins makes her film unexpectedly uplifting, in a small-scale, real-life kind of way.
December 21, 2007
The dynamic that operates throughout this film is fantasy versus reality, not just in the lives of the characters but in American life in general.
December 21, 2007
Tamara Jenkins has made a movie about something that lots of people are going through but nobody wants to deal with, not even in life, much less in entertainment. And she's done it fearlessly, with the right mix of humor and horror.
December 21, 2007
The humor in The Savages is born out of the performances by Linney and Hoffman, two actors who can convey as much about their characters as the ones around them with a seemingly effortless, instinctual ability.
December 21, 2007
Smartly written and beautifully played.
December 21, 2007
Both Linney and Hoffman are so specific in creating these characters that we see them as people, not elements in a plot.
December 21, 2007
Its astringent humor is not funny ha-ha, it's funny-ouch.
December 20, 2007
Assured and sharp, The Savages is only Jenkins' second feature-length film. You'd never know it.
December 20, 2007
One of those genre-defying hybrids that are sometimes called dramedies, The Savages tiptoes along a particularly fraught emotional tightrope, balancing observant humor and deep sadness with uncommon grace.
December 20, 2007
Although the story may sound as dismal as Buffalo's weather, it's surprisingly funny. Not gag funny, but observation funny -- the absurdities of real life, seen and presented.
December 12, 2007
I wouldn't call the film inspirational - it is too well observed to succumb to easy sentiment - but its realism is patiently engaging and subtly insinuating
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