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Savages Reviews

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J. Olson
April 17, 2016
There's no heft to the material - only mindless violence - and Blake Lively is absolutely dreadful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shane Danielsen
October 18, 2012
Stone does his best with the material-aided by no less than three credited editors-but can't compensate for the void at the film's centre. An absence less of morality, than of simple chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 14, 2012
A preposterously overblown take on the drug trade, Savages is occasionally fun but mostly just plain dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Adam Lowes
September 23, 2012
By end, most of the audience goodwill has been spent, and although Stone desperately wants to be down with the kids, his efforts end up looking dated and, sadly, a little irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
September 21, 2012
Neither big nor clever. Savage is right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Looker
September 20, 2012
... a film that - while stylish and home to some great comic beats - ultimately feels mediocre and flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star
July 5, 2012
Merely continues Stone's tepid streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Grae Drake
July 13, 2012
It's better than Alexander or Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but it's no return to form.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
July 6, 2012
Savages just doesn't really have all that much to say. It's not a terrible movie, but it's not a particularly memorable one either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
September 16, 2012
A cross between Traffic, Blow and a massacre, it is a pulpy, putrid, purposeless collage of drug cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
July 5, 2012
While his classic hyperbolic visual style is back in force, Stone can't bother to muster any of his usual righteous anger, instead mischanneling his discontent into a kind of zen acceptance of these perpetually tiresome main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 21, 2012
Savages reels you in but then doesn't finish the job.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
July 6, 2012
I do mind being subjected to two-plus hours of general unpleasantness and being deposited back out into the summer heat with nothing to show for it. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Glenn Dunks
October 18, 2012
Its energy has long deflated before an ending that will try the patience of even the most forgiving viewers. There's little to defend once Stone and company have so eagerly adopted the cheap twists of a latter day Shyamalan picture.
Ed Gibbs
The National (UAE)
September 30, 2012
Although typically loud, brash and flat-footed, the Oscar-winning filmmaker oddly opts for hokey romance over stinging critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 6, 2012
Savages points to a problem with gifted directors, which Stone is, like him or not: They can make a movie that aggravates, infuriates, falters even, but they can really make a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
July 5, 2012
Stone's re-re-re-treading of the same issues that have pre-occupied him since he was fighting in Vietnam - drugs, corruption, military, power - is tired.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alonso Duralde
July 5, 2012
The climax smacks of either screenwriter desperation, directorial indecision, or "this worked in the book."
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2012
"Savages" has trouble making us care what happens to the beautiful people - the untouchables - at the center of the sun-baked fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2012
Don Winslow's particular brand of crackling wit gets lost somewhere between the page and the screen. And that third act is a disjointed mess...
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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