Savages Reviews

  • Savages is Oliver Stone doing what he should have done a long time ago: making a tricky, amoral, down-and-dirty crime thriller that's blessedly free of any social, topical, or political relevance.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Savages" is a daylight noir, a western, a stoner buddy movie and a love story, which is to say that it is a bit of a mess. But also a lot of fun, especially as its pulp elements rub up against some gritty geopolitical and economic themes.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • While Savages aims for provocative and dynamic, it comes off as predictable and strained.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A candy-colored black valentine to titillation, garish brutality and groovy post-fin-de-siecle excess, this ode to cinema's most exploitative pleasures finds Stone chronicling America's dark side at its most sun-kissed.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • A stylish, violent, hallucinatory thriller with both a mean streak and a devilish sense of humor.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • More than two hours long -- and building to two endings, one romantic-tragic and one quasi-ironic and romantic-ludicrous -- Savages is bloated with plot and exposition...

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Working from a novel by Don Winslow, Stone's landscape of corrupt innocents is beautifully nuanced, allowing every character, no matter how drug-war-weary, a chance to be shell-shocked.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The movie's great surprise, and delight, is Salma Hayek's Elena, a svelte monster with a Cleopatra haircut who runs the cartel.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Savages points to a problem with gifted directors, which Stone is, like him or not: They can make a movie that aggravates, infuriates, falters even, but they can really make a movie.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Frustration turned to irritation by the time the thoroughly anti-climactic, can't-make-up-its-mind denouement finally rolls around.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Stone devotes considerable ingenuity to making atrocity appear as a terrifying kind of home movie, but "Savages" is no more than a summertime debauch.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • A return to form for Stone's dark side, "Savages" generates ruthless energy and some, but not too much, humor.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Savages" has trouble making us care what happens to the beautiful people - the untouchables - at the center of the sun-baked fairy tale.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The real schism here, however, is between the brainless fun of the action plot and Stone's cheap exploitation of the cartels' real-life sadism.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • I thought Stone was redoing Truffaut's Jules and Jim: two guys and a girl, love pulling them every which way.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Savages" makes you wonder where Stone, that most pointed of directors, is going. And then it never gets there, backing off at the last minute. As such, it is literally a brutal disappointment.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • While making such movies as "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers," Stone seemed fearless, both in what he put on screen and how he put it there. A lot of that spirit returns here.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • These are neither good people nor interesting savages, and they're not worth caring about. Neither is the movie.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • The disreputable Oliver Stone of old makes a largely welcome reappearance.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • This Elmore Leonard-style noir about lowlifes versus dirtbags is nasty, vicious fun.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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