Savages Reviews

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June 17, 2013
The film would have been so much more interesting if the two men had been identical twins played by the same actor-like Jeremy Irons in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.
October 18, 2012
The messy insouciance wears a little thin, and by the time we get to the absurdity of the extended ending, enough is definitely enough.
September 21, 2012
Far too prolix and more than a little absurd.
September 20, 2012
A disappointing dip in the shallow end. Forgettable.
September 20, 2012
Savages plays up to Stone's worst tendencies: machismo, bombast and self-indulgence, and the factor that could conceivably have made this movie tolerable - humour - is off the menu.
September 18, 2012
It all smacks of trying too hard to mask the absence of strong material.
July 23, 2012
Stone devotes considerable ingenuity to making atrocity appear as a terrifying kind of home movie, but "Savages" is no more than a summertime debauch.
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July 12, 2012
These are neither good people nor interesting savages, and they're not worth caring about. Neither is the movie.
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.
July 6, 2012
Savages isn't about anything except flashily directed mayhem. In this nest of vipers, it's the slitheriest varieties that survive -- at least for a time.
July 6, 2012
The movie's great surprise, and delight, is Salma Hayek's Elena, a svelte monster with a Cleopatra haircut who runs the cartel.
July 6, 2012
The film is impressive.
July 6, 2012
The real schism here, however, is between the brainless fun of the action plot and Stone's cheap exploitation of the cartels' real-life sadism.
July 6, 2012
Stone has evolved in the past decade and a half, and the new film has a deeper, more complicated perspective. The violence isn't a kick. It's horrifying, senseless.
July 6, 2012
The occasionally sharp tone of Don Winslow's original novel has been lost, and the film's ending isn't much more than a joke.
July 6, 2012
A candy-colored black valentine to titillation, garish brutality and groovy post-fin-de-siecle excess, this ode to cinema's most exploitative pleasures finds Stone chronicling America's dark side at its most sun-kissed.
July 6, 2012
This Elmore Leonard-style noir about lowlifes versus dirtbags is nasty, vicious fun.
July 6, 2012
"Savages" makes you wonder where Stone, that most pointed of directors, is going. And then it never gets there, backing off at the last minute. As such, it is literally a brutal disappointment.
July 6, 2012
It all feels more like flexing atrophied muscles rather than creating a believable experience.
July 6, 2012
"Savages" is a juvenile fantasy of bullets, breasts and bongs -- not such a bad thing, if Stone would just admit it and stop staging the film as a profound ethical wrestling match.
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