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Save the Tiger Reviews

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½ October 22, 2017
Jack Lemmon won his second Oscar for his moving performance as a patriotic war veteran betraying his long-held morality in a desperate bid to hold off an ineludible bankruptcy in this critique on the fallen of the American dream.
July 2, 2017
Sleazy Jack Lemon dress maker and Jack Gilford.
½ May 11, 2017
Save the Tiger is a compelling film. It is about a disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran who is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. Jack Lemmon and Jack Gilford give excellent performances. The script is well written. John G. Avildsen did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Save the Tiger is a must see.
½ June 10, 2015
Excellent and well deserved Oscar winning performance from Jack Lemmon with great supporting work from Jack Gilford and Patricia Smith. Excellent writing and directing as well
November 15, 2014
Jack Lemmon has a meltdown and treats himself to a Chinese for lunch.
July 23, 2014
Another terrific performance by Jack Lemmon. He handles both comedy and drama so well, a rare talent. An interesting movie in itself.
July 5, 2014
Lemmon is superb; otherwise, there isn't much to see here
April 1, 2014
A strange low key drama that earned Jack Lemmon his first Oscar for actor in a lead role. Even though locations where few & hardly glamorous & the story travelled slow there where some interesting themes.

Basically the disintegration of a typical American man who works in low end fashion. Filled with his fears & anxieties this isn't typical but interesting.

Not sure why the film is called Save the Tiger however there is one scene where Lemmon pays a donation to a charity saving tigers but that's it, still a mystery.
Super Reviewer
½ March 11, 2014
A tour de force for Lemmon. Consider this to be a bridge between the early great comedic work and the really marvelous dramatic work of his later career.
½ January 14, 2014
Lemmon makes this picture work. His Harry Stoner, lost in his past and forgotten ideals, wobbles through life, trying to keep himself afloat in a world that no longer recognizes him or his generation's sacrifices, remains a stunning character.
½ October 31, 2013
Annoying it seems at the beginning with the fiery performances from Jack Lemmon and Jack Gilford, the film slowly reveals the cruel triumph of greed over ethics and there is no country for old men. The WWII trauma possessed by Lemmon presents in almost everyone, only with a different theme, for we always have a difficult and unspeakable past. The daunting memory is bygone and irreversible, but we can still manage to build a better future. A great film for the middle-aged or the veterans of life to review his past and make corrections when they are still able to.
May 5, 2013
Lemmon's Oscar winning role and one of the finest movies he made.
January 14, 2013
One of 1973's best films, lead Lemmon gives an Oscar-winning performance as a man looking to hold on to his present life at any cost - all the while wondering if it is all worth it. Introspective, with quiet moments too often no-longer found in modern films, Save the Tiger is a rare snapshot in time where a past, present and future are all simultaneously examined.
½ December 28, 2012
I don't know what it is I like so much about Save the Tiger. Maybe it's because we are literally given an absolute bull of a performance by Jack Lemmon and it is easy to see why he won an Oscar here. Maybe it's because it really does draw an engaging parallel in that the world never seems to be quite the same once you get older which is something that everyone can surely relate to Or maybe it's a character that is struggling to come to terms with how much overall life has changed and is still haunted by the memories of the past like the World War 2 flashback etc.

Either way this is a divine piece of work simply for seeing how much of a generation gap there is. Flawless stuff.
December 6, 2012
The movie disappointed me deeply. Not even Lemmon can save it. In fact, he didn't deserve his Oscar for this at all. He only has two good scenes and they're not even THAT great.
½ August 24, 2012
Lots of great ideas about a businessman on his last legs. However, the film is executed like a TV movie. And, that is where the film falters. The direction is too casual, the dialogue too flat, and the cinematography unremarkable except for a few key scenes. Lemmon gives a great performance, but is given the material he deserves almost two decades later with "Glengarry Glen Ross."
½ August 24, 2012
Jack Lemmon delivers a terrific performance, cementing himself as one of the finest actors who ever lived. The film is meh.
½ August 22, 2012
Este es uno de esos casos donde una peliculita tiene un actuacion descomunal, Jack Lemmon esta INCREIBLE!!Buena.
½ August 16, 2012
A gripping performance by Lemmon that shows good acting by one guy can save a movie.
March 21, 2012
Jack Lemmon is a fine actor, and this performance is certainly evidence of that. I just don't know if it's that memorable or worthy of a film. His Oscar was more likely a make-up one for past snubs.
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