Savage Grace
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Adapted from the nonfiction book by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson, Tom Kalin's Savage Grace recounts the true crime tale of the death of Barbara Baekeland. Stephen Dillane stars as Brooks Baekeland, the son of the man who invented Bakelite, one of the early forms of plastic. As the family fortune begins to decrease after years of wealth, Brooks marries Barbara (Julianne Moore), who desires to mingle in the highest social circles. They have a child, Antony, who is homosexual. Antony grows up to kill Barbara, in part because Barbara takes a personal interest in "curing"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"While the pace occasionally flags and there are times when we wonder where Kalin is leading us, he maintains a pervasive sense of dread and unease throughout that makes the chilling climax seem both shocking and inevitable."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"For that particular someone, Savage Grace could be the perfect summer"
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Ridiculous. An artsy-soapy drawing room study of bored contempt and idle peccadilloes amongst the 1950s-'60s-'70s jet set in Europe."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A sick-room torpor hangs heavily about this masterfully controlled, elegantly composed movie by Tom Kalin."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"This tale of class differences, social climbing, illicit affairs, incest and murder creates an emotional wall between the characters and the audience."
‑ Pete Hammond,
"Though the characters may be repellent, the film permits you to feel sympathy."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"If ever there was a film to extinguish any envy of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, Savage Grace is it."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Superficial dysfunctional story on the rich."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The subject matter could be considered shocking and the film is difficult to watch at times; the director, Tom Kalin, isn't pulling his punches, but he refrains from giving any of the material the showy Hollywood treatment."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"For all the Baekalands' outrť behavior, the movie is peculiarly timid at times."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Pajiba
"It's a horror story, all right, but the reason for telling it remains unclear, and it seems like a waste of Kalin's evident talent."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Though the film looks elegant, with deceptively simple interiors creating an impression of great wealth, it feels remote. We're impressed by the work the actors are doing, yet the characters don't hold our interest."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The most shocking thing about Savage Grace is its flatness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Provocative but frustratingly shallow."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A grotesque waste of time about terrible people I'd rather not have known."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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