The Savages
The Savages (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to a tender, funny script from director Tamara Jenkins, and fine performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, this film delivers a nuanced, beautifully three-dimensional look at the struggles and comforts of family bonds.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic

Linney and Hoffman are both terrific, and Jenkins's script is pointed and perceptive, but the film's arc is a little flat.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

What it lacks in hard aesthetics, The Savages makes up for in exquisite human moments.

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Jonathan F. Richards

It's billed as a comedy. You may or may not find much to laugh at.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Jenkins' brushstrokes of her characters are too exacting to move us more than a lifelike painting of a basket of fruit. We can be awed at the techniques, but walk away empty.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The Savages isn't cheery holiday fare, ... and yet Jenkins makes her film unexpectedly uplifting, in a small-scale, real-life kind of way.

Fernando F. Croce

One rummages vainly through tics in search of genuine emotion

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
_kelly .King
Heartbreaking. A real film.
Mark Walker
Having not experienced any of director Tamara Jenkins' films before, I went into this film expecting something along the lines of "Little Miss… More
Jens S.
Sometimes dysfunctional families make us laugh, or even cry. This one could cause a slight depression. When the Savage siblings have to deal with their father… More
Michael S
Wow, finally got around to seeing this (after years of the dvd collecting dust on my shelf). A superb family drama ripe with the perfect blend of drama, comedy,… More
Thomas Johnston
Even with a father with dementia, I could not connect with the story or the characters.
Jim Hunter
Technically, this is a strong film, but technicality often doesn't cut it. What it lacks is a character. or characters, to whom we can attach ourselves.… More