Savages (2012)

Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry-raising some of the best marijuana ever developed.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 6, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's undeniably messy, but Savages finds Oliver Stone returning to dark, fearlessly lurid form.

David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

These are neither good people nor interesting savages, and they're not worth caring about. Neither is the movie.

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Yasmin Shehab

The film isn't as subversive or as shocking as it tries so hard to be and as a result, it's a much more underwhelming experience than it should have been.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

It all smacks of trying too hard to mask the absence of strong material.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Savages may come off choppy in the very beginning, but it does springboards to a really fantastical second half.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Stone devotes considerable ingenuity to making atrocity appear as a terrifying kind of home movie, but "Savages" is no more than a summertime debauch.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

It's lurid, sexy, funny, chaotic, cluttered, and if the grisly violence turns you off then Blake Lively _ playing a very dumb blonde _ and her two beaus... will also chip in laugh-out-loud moments, all the while with the director winking off-scene.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Rather long, and rather involved...but I liked it. Definitely plenty of blood, sex, violence, and brutality. This IS an Oliver Stone movie, and his movies are… More
Michael S
"Savages" is a welcome return to appropriately lurid form for Oliver Stones. A whole lot of bloody, messy, and stylish fun can be found within the… More
familiar stranger
Salma Hayek is given a role that suits her (age-wise & acting-wise), but the lead actress was terrible. The two lead actors were about okay. The ending was… More
Chris Weber
Based on a novel, this is Oliver Stone's return to dark and stylish crime thrillers. Ben is a peaceful and charitable Buddhist. His best friend Chon is a… More
<I><b>Savages</I></b> was a great thriller. I loved most of it. The actors are in a wide variety. I enjoyed that. There are some… More
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three stars