The Savages
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The last thing the two Savage siblings ever wanted to do was look back on their undeniably dysfunctional family legacy. Wendy is a self-medicating struggling East Village playwright, AKA a temp who spends her days applying for grants and stealing office supplies, dating her very married neighbor. Jon is an obsessive compulsive college professor writing obscure books on even more obscure subjects in Buffalo who still can't commit to his girlfriend after four years even though her cooking brings him tears of joy. Then, out of the blue, comes the call that changes everything. They're told… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Linney and Hoffman are both terrific, and Jenkins's script is pointed and perceptive, but the film's arc is a little flat."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"Powerful, painful and yet unerringly funny as it points out our emotional and physical vulnerabilities, this is a film that finds the humor in tragedy while keeping both omnipresent."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"One rummages vainly through tics in search of genuine emotion"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Jenkins fans looking for the irreverent humor of Slums need not apply."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Tamara Jenkins's film tackles the difficult subject of facing up to an ageing parent's mental and physical demise with overt sensitivity but no punches are spared."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It's billed as a comedy. You may or may not find much to laugh at."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The Savages not only boasts Oscar-worthy performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as a self-absorbed brother and sister, its attention to detail makes it sweetly funny and genuine."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"The Savages is a labored labor of love about an estranged brother and sister, who have to deal with a frail and fractious father."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Having the talent of Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman isn't enough."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"This film is immensely rewarding and in its own way exceptionally beautiful."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"A goo-free comedy."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"We could say that The Savages is a social-problem drama about senile dementia and nursing homes, but that's a little like saying The 400 Blows is about school truancy."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Exploring ground laid out many times before, The Savages is at times frustrating and at times emotional film that could have used a re-write."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It could have been shortened a bit, I didn't think the material was enough for almost two hours, but if you enjoy dramedy's like SIDEWAYS, give it a try."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Oddly being marketed as a comedy by its distributor, The Savages is best approached as a drama with an intermittently light touch that's generally more of a curse than a boon."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
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