The Savages Synopsis
Grown siblings (Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman) must care for their senile father.
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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...
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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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Rolling Stone

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

By Carrie Rickey
A movie of absurdist humor, brutal realism and dementia.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Felt very real....very good.

By karensaucedo
Made of the things....little warped things......that life is made of....And, of course, stellar acting.......

Painful Upbeat

By filmbuff60
Dealing with life issues is never convenient. The characters in this movie, wonderfully portrayed by Linney and Hoffman, reluctantly deal with their fading father and along the way find themselves. ...

Excellent character driven story.

By Matinee Mike
The movie does not hit you over the head with sappy generalizations regarding the relationship between children caring for ailing parents. The story portrays all of the nuances surrounding...

A movie full of great talent!

By moonruled79
Wow! I was so impressed with the acting in this movie. Phillip Seymore Hoffman and Laura Linney are so great together as brother and sister. Hoffman is just brillant in this movie as always with his...

Dysfunctional is not detached

By easyniner
A simple story becomes a good movie with excellent writing and outstanding acting. A little jewel of a flick!...

One of the best movies of 2007!

By lavande
What a magnificently funny, insightful, thought-provoking movie about GROWING UP (not about growing old). I laughed when I read other reviewers using words like sad, bleak, despressing to describe...

Savagely bad film...

By Baycyd
This film was one of the worst I've ever seen... bleak, depressing, boring, interminable. The 2 cute quips in the trailer are all you get ... Linney's a pathetic whiner, Hoffman is perfect but the...

hard to watch

By jjetmund
this movie was honest, but hard to watch. something we all go through or will at some point. it wasn't easy to watch at all. but it was truthful. towards the end of the movie...laura linney's...

Good, but a little depressing

By bluebearcare
Adult siblings coping with the mental and physical decline of their parent. Not the most up-lifting premise. This film, for me, lacked the je ne said quoi that makes me care about the characters....


By BentonW
Good movie ... expected it to be just about what it is ... a reality type story for upper-years baby boomers who will have to deal with this subject matter at some point. They depicted it well with...

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Rated R | For some sexuality and language
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