The Savages

The Savages

The Savages

A black comedy about a middle-aged brother and sister (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney) who've never quite grown up but are suddenly obliged to care for an increasingly out-of-it father who never really cared for them.

2008113 minsUSA
?
want to see?

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Magnolia, Capote) is just about the best character actor in Hollywood. Laura Linney (You Can Count On Me, The Squid And The Whale) is pretty much Queen of the indie scene. Give them a chance to bounce off one another in a pin-sharp comedy drama and it's quite something.

4.0
0

Recommend it...

if you like dark stories filled with midle class moaning. Philip Seymour Hoffman is at his heaving, weazing best and Laura Linney is always good. Its a pretty dark story but some parts a hugely funny and its a real look at a grown up dysfuntional family. Have we seen this theme before? yes, but we probably haven't seen it as good as it is in The Savages.

4.0
0

Morose but hugely enjoyable

Hoffman is at his wheezy, panting best, and Laura Linney is best I've seen her. This is a really great drama, very witty, and incredibly well observed. It's possibly a tad morose for some, but I highly recommend.

4.0
0

Close-to-perfect Family Drama

Phillip Seymour Hoffman cements himself as a chameleon actor in this staory of partly-estranged siblings forced to examine their own relationship, their lives and their troubled times with their now senile father when the latter is thrown out of his de facto partner's home. Hoffman looks like Billy Bob Thornton's chubby younger brother, and delivers a...

4.0
0

Senility really exists

This is a film for anyone involved with the caring for an older person with senility. Some incredibly funny and poignant moments. Really enjoyed it - hope it comes back after the Festival

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Jenkins brings a rigor, intelligence and eye for the slightly absurd to the proceedings that is instantly disarming.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Tamara Jenkins’s The Savages, is a beautifully nuanced tragicomedy about two floundering souls.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Shrewd and unshowy family tragi-comedy with the best two American screen actors alive.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A brutal encounter with mortality told with uncommon humanity, wit and humor.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

The interaction between Hoffman and Linney makes following their characters from their winter of hard experience to a spring of renewed hope well worth the while.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A richly nuanced American comedy, with two acting talents working at their absolute peak.

4.0
0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Magnolia, Capote) is just about the best character actor in Hollywood. Laura Linney (You Can Count On Me, The Squid And The Whale) is pretty much Queen of the indie scene. Give them a chance to bounce off one another in a pin-sharp comedy drama and it's quite something.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Jenkins brings a rigor, intelligence and eye for the slightly absurd to the proceedings that is instantly disarming.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Tamara Jenkins’s The Savages, is a beautifully nuanced tragicomedy about two floundering souls.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Shrewd and unshowy family tragi-comedy with the best two American screen actors alive.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A brutal encounter with mortality told with uncommon humanity, wit and humor.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

The interaction between Hoffman and Linney makes following their characters from their winter of hard experience to a spring of renewed hope well worth the while.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A richly nuanced American comedy, with two acting talents working at their absolute peak.

4.0
0

Recommend it...

if you like dark stories filled with midle class moaning. Philip Seymour Hoffman is at his heaving, weazing best and Laura Linney is always good. Its a pretty dark story but some parts a hugely funny and its a real look at a grown up dysfuntional family. Have we seen this theme before? yes, but we probably haven't seen it as good as it is in The Savages.

4.0
0

Morose but hugely enjoyable

Hoffman is at his wheezy, panting best, and Laura Linney is best I've seen her. This is a really great drama, very witty, and incredibly well observed. It's possibly a tad morose for some, but I highly recommend.

4.0
0

Close-to-perfect Family Drama

Phillip Seymour Hoffman cements himself as a chameleon actor in this staory of partly-estranged siblings forced to examine their own relationship, their lives and their troubled times with their now senile father when the latter is thrown out of his de facto partner's home. Hoffman looks like Billy Bob Thornton's chubby younger brother, and delivers a...

4.0
0

Senility really exists

This is a film for anyone involved with the caring for an older person with senility. Some incredibly funny and poignant moments. Really enjoyed it - hope it comes back after the Festival

4.0
0