The Savages
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A pair of siblings are forced to set aside their discomfort with one another for the sake of their father in this low-key comedy drama from writer/director Tamara Jenkins. Wendy Savage (Laura Linney) is a struggling playwright living in New York City who works a day job to support herself and can't shake the feeling that she's failed as an artist. Wendy isn't especially happy about her love life either, gaining little self-esteem from her on-and-off affair with oversexed, married neighbor Larry (Peter Friedman). Wendy's anxieties about her writing career are intensified by the… 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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