Savage Grace Synopsis
Dispassion and insecurity define the relationship of the Bakelite plastics heir and his wife.
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Part of the film's failure to arouse real horror is the languid direction; not enough seems to be at stake emotionally.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Money, madness, incest and murder! Just the recipe for a twisted mesmerizer of a movie, if it doesn't creep you out.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
The film walks the fine line between exploitation and empathy to cast a chilly, memorable spell.
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The Hollywood Reporter

U.S. viewers may be put off by its tangled sexual motifs and find its implied social critique a little close to the bone. But even...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The director, Tom Kalin, stages acid duels, but he should have provided more psychological structure. Though Moore, a great actress, turns...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Living these lives, for these people, must have been sad and tedious, and so, inevitably, is their story, and it must be said, the film...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A chilly inquest into very bad behavior, Savage Grace is presented to us like an entrée at a five-star French restaurant. It's decadence...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Savage Grace is a thoroughly disturbing story, told in a detached style rendering the overall experience an unsettling blend of lurid and...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
"Grace" may be based on a true story, but barely a moment in it feels real.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An unbroken flow of sad or nasty incidents.
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Savage Grace

By mlcompton
Director Tom Kalin has only made one other full-length feature in 1992. That was the amazing “Swoon”, a true story about Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr., gay lovers who kidnapped and murdered a...

Outstanding Performance by Julianne Moore

By pomspringz
This is a very disturbing film with many good qualities. The viewer is taken on a posh tour of enclaves for the wealthy in New York, London, Paris and Mallorca from the late 1940s through the film's...

Artistically moving

By blacke84
A must see film, great acting, many interesting twists and turns....

Moore's shadow

By Little Mr Sunshine
All of the actors fell into Moore's shadow and couldn't stand up to her level of performance. The story was interesting, however it felt underdeveloped and I found myself wanting to know more. I wish...


By cliffsmith
sick...sick...sick...tons of incest...the only good thing i have to say, is you really believe the story because these actors are fantastic, great acting...writer is demented...

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not-for-kids drama is showcase for Julianne Moore.
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