The Savages Reviews

  • Feb 05, 2020

    Somber with splashes of laugh-out-loud moments, The Savages is a solid film about taking care of someone who probably doesn't deserve it. "Sun City" looks like it was dropped out of a brochure (think Edward Scissorhands), but we don't stay there long and instead shift to blistery Buffalo. The subtly of the "cookie" scene at the support group was the funniest moment. The "blackface" scene was cringe-worthy but funny. I had thought it would be a more split story between Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Wendy (Laura Linney), but the focus remains on Wendy as the main protag. Wish more PSH. Could always go for more PSH. Of course, 100/100 for Genghis.

    Somber with splashes of laugh-out-loud moments, The Savages is a solid film about taking care of someone who probably doesn't deserve it. "Sun City" looks like it was dropped out of a brochure (think Edward Scissorhands), but we don't stay there long and instead shift to blistery Buffalo. The subtly of the "cookie" scene at the support group was the funniest moment. The "blackface" scene was cringe-worthy but funny. I had thought it would be a more split story between Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Wendy (Laura Linney), but the focus remains on Wendy as the main protag. Wish more PSH. Could always go for more PSH. Of course, 100/100 for Genghis.

  • Jan 04, 2019

    The Non- Socialite Humans. The Savages Jenkins's immortal lifestyle and mortal characters carries heavy words than a sword ever could. And finding an honest persistent voice in this war where there is no opponent, and yet has an engaging battle to keep us at the brisk of our emotions, it gets to reap its inspiring flag. The pragmatic conversation glides along with smart humorous narration that can be as light as a puff of smoke and heavy as the deepest emotion bubbled up with stunning chemistry among the cast. Where it ponders on about the usual textbook structure and the concept of a typical family drama, the theme it digs upon is a head scratching masterpiece. One of its major strength, the equation of two siblings; a brother and a sister, is so accurately descriptive that you cannot not communicate with it. From tiny bickering intuitions to mocking each other even at the lowest moment, the bonding of them grows stronger and stronger as they manage to stay together in this big chunk of mess. Linney as the emotionally fueled and also challenged sister, is a treat to watch for her gullible nature with strong will power receives an overwhelming response especially set in this world. Hoffman, on the other hand, is playing more of a supportive role than a parallel one. With annoyance on the surface in his hot headed mind, he is more of a father to her sister, than her actual father is. Complaining their way in, this absorbing tale evolves into supporting and devouring each other for their mistakes and their capabilities. Addition to that, the signature tone of Jenkins of drawing out humor from the awkward silence and social uneasiness, she lightens the mood through the habitual rituals of the characters rather than some big hysterical incident. The Savages is a breath of fresh air with a medication that is just a cherry on top.

    The Non- Socialite Humans. The Savages Jenkins's immortal lifestyle and mortal characters carries heavy words than a sword ever could. And finding an honest persistent voice in this war where there is no opponent, and yet has an engaging battle to keep us at the brisk of our emotions, it gets to reap its inspiring flag. The pragmatic conversation glides along with smart humorous narration that can be as light as a puff of smoke and heavy as the deepest emotion bubbled up with stunning chemistry among the cast. Where it ponders on about the usual textbook structure and the concept of a typical family drama, the theme it digs upon is a head scratching masterpiece. One of its major strength, the equation of two siblings; a brother and a sister, is so accurately descriptive that you cannot not communicate with it. From tiny bickering intuitions to mocking each other even at the lowest moment, the bonding of them grows stronger and stronger as they manage to stay together in this big chunk of mess. Linney as the emotionally fueled and also challenged sister, is a treat to watch for her gullible nature with strong will power receives an overwhelming response especially set in this world. Hoffman, on the other hand, is playing more of a supportive role than a parallel one. With annoyance on the surface in his hot headed mind, he is more of a father to her sister, than her actual father is. Complaining their way in, this absorbing tale evolves into supporting and devouring each other for their mistakes and their capabilities. Addition to that, the signature tone of Jenkins of drawing out humor from the awkward silence and social uneasiness, she lightens the mood through the habitual rituals of the characters rather than some big hysterical incident. The Savages is a breath of fresh air with a medication that is just a cherry on top.

  • Oct 03, 2018

    Not bad, but as a comedy not particularly funny.

    Not bad, but as a comedy not particularly funny.

  • Sep 24, 2018

    Great performances from Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman propel this realistic comedy drama to greatness.

    Great performances from Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman propel this realistic comedy drama to greatness.

  • Aug 01, 2018

    Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman deliver excellent performances in Tamara Jenkins' touching and thoroughly riveting family drama.

    Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman deliver excellent performances in Tamara Jenkins' touching and thoroughly riveting family drama.

  • Apr 25, 2018

    Can be depressing if it fits your life.

    Can be depressing if it fits your life.

  • Dec 30, 2016

    This was really good. Laura Linney absolutely played a great role in this spectacular movie. She deserved to be nominated for Best Actress because her role was magnificent. It's so good. It's a must see film!

    This was really good. Laura Linney absolutely played a great role in this spectacular movie. She deserved to be nominated for Best Actress because her role was magnificent. It's so good. It's a must see film!

  • Sep 11, 2016

    At times resoundingly beautiful, but in conclusion feels more like a didactic, simple tale of a family finding themselves when they weren't lost in the first place.

    At times resoundingly beautiful, but in conclusion feels more like a didactic, simple tale of a family finding themselves when they weren't lost in the first place.

  • Jul 30, 2016

    What is the hell is wrong with people these days?? 74% from the audience reviews? This movie was emotionless, long winded and indulgent. I envision a bunch of out of work actors and screenwriters waxing about the undertones and creative slow shot scenes with a lonely piano tune redundantly appearing from time to time. I had to watch to the end to see if there was going to be some clever ending that brought the slow drooling plot into an ah ha moment..... nope. It ended with the same indulgent pseudo artsy droning it started with. I was shocked to see that there would be any good reviews. I can understand the critics being positive since they like amateurish stuff like this that makes you seem smart for enduring but a paying audience???

    What is the hell is wrong with people these days?? 74% from the audience reviews? This movie was emotionless, long winded and indulgent. I envision a bunch of out of work actors and screenwriters waxing about the undertones and creative slow shot scenes with a lonely piano tune redundantly appearing from time to time. I had to watch to the end to see if there was going to be some clever ending that brought the slow drooling plot into an ah ha moment..... nope. It ended with the same indulgent pseudo artsy droning it started with. I was shocked to see that there would be any good reviews. I can understand the critics being positive since they like amateurish stuff like this that makes you seem smart for enduring but a paying audience???

  • _kelly . Super Reviewer
    Jun 16, 2016

    Heartbreaking. A real film.

    Heartbreaking. A real film.