100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Savages is terrific -- a movie of uncommon appreciation for the nature and nurture that go into making us who we are, a perfectly calibrated drama both compassionate and unsentimental.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It is more sad-funny than funny-funny, but Jenkins has enough empathy and wit to realize that even the sad parts are, somehow, funny.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With the help of acting giants, Jenkins turns The Savages into a twisted, bittersweet pleasure.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A movie of absurdist humor, brutal realism and dementia.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Smartly written and beautifully played, The Savages is about that point in life where you look around and realize that where you are is probably as far as you're going to get. In spite of this, the movie's a comedy, dry and humane.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Both Linney and Hoffman are so specific in creating these characters that we see them as people, not elements in a plot. Hoffman in particular shows how many disguises he has within his seemingly immutable presence; would you know it is the same actor here and in two other films this season, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" and "Charlie Wilson's War"?
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the film is heart-wrenchingly sad, it also is mordantly funny, uncomfortably prickly and above all, unflinching in its depiction of a believable sibling relationship.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I can't begin to count the ways in which The Savages pleased me, but the very best of them is the way Tamara Jenkins's comedy stays tough while sneakily turning tender.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The Savages is a TV movie made for the big screen - and it needs the larger venue to accommodate the huge performances of its stars, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The right mix of humor and horror and with not even a shred of sentimentality.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.