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The Savages

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Tamara Jenkins

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About the Movie

Until recently, all John and Wendy Savage (Hoffman, Linney) had in common was a lousy childhood and a few strands of DNA. But after years of drifting apart, they're forced to band together to care for the elderly, cantankerous father who made their formative years "challenging." In the process, both of these aimless, perpetually adolescent forty-something's may just, at long last, have to grow up! Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and Academy Award nominee Laura Linney deliver unforgettable performances in this hilarious coming-of-middle age story from Oscar-nominated writer / director Tamara Jenkins.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 167
  • Fresh: 149
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Tamara Jenkins has made a movie about something that lots of people are going through but nobody wants to deal with, not even in life, much less in entertainment. And she's done it fearlessly, with the right mix of humor and horror. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 4, 2008

Fresh: Smartly written and beautifully played. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: Both Linney and Hoffman are so specific in creating these characters that we see them as people, not elements in a plot. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Linney and Hoffman are both terrific, and Jenkins's script is pointed and perceptive, but the film's arc is a little flat. – Christopher Orr, The New Republic, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A brilliant, unsentimental look at what keeps us together

Tamara Jenkins's clever new film features a sharp, non-sappy script and great performances from Linney, Hoffmann, and Bosco. In a film that could have easily gone overboard into campiness, Jenkins gives us a smart look at family relationships. Well deserving of all of the awards it was nominated for, and featuring one of the year's best lines...."BIG, RED, PILLOW!"

Painfully Realistic

Adored by critics and loathed by most movie-going audiences, Tamara Jenkins 'The Savages' is a rare, beautiful independent gem. While certainly not perfect, it is a very realistic portrayal of a very real situation. The acting is remarkable, Philip Seymour Hoffman is amazing but the real scene-stealer is the criminally underrated Laura Linney whose turn here as a desperate New York City working woman is remarkable and heart-felt. Philip Bosco is equally commendable as the once tough but now withered father suffering from dementia. Tamara Jenkins screenplay is fantastic, but her directing skills need a little work. The film is a tad over-long and there's a huge lull towards the middle. All in all, this is a painfully realistic but great film. Grade: B+


I cannot understand why Tamara Jenkins didn't win the oscar for best screenplay! Seriously, JUNO? Come on, it's clear that this is a way better movie all around. Diablo Cody needs to die! This movie is one of the best of 2007. Both Linney and Hoffman are wonderful as brother and sister. I love this movie, it's amazing. Watch it now!

The Savages
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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