“Stone Tells A Story Of Drugs, Power, Greed, And Revenge In A Way That Only He Is Capable Of.”
“What A Stoner...Oliver Stone......oh Oliver Stone...Creatively It Could Have Been Bombastic-moments It Is- Others It Can't Be A Stone Film Without A Methodical Outlook, Which This Does Not Have.”
“The War On Drugs, Biggest American Hypocrisy”
“For The Love Of Ophelia”
“There Is No Real Connection With Any Character Other Then Ben Or Chon, And For The Sake Of A Film That At Times Is Merely Just Violent For The Sake Of It, That Is A Good Thing.”
“Savages Is A Brutal & Captivating Film From Start To A Very Explosive Finish. Its Gritty And No Holds Bar And Never Afraid To Break Out The Guns. With Some Great Breakout Performances This Is One Of Oliver Stone's Best Films To Date & One Of 2012's Finest”
“... "I Have Orgasms. . . Chon, Has Wargasms." Yes. This Is An Actual Line From The Film. No. It Is Not Played For Laughs...”
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
Savages plays up to Stone's worst tendencies: machismo, bombast and self-indulgence, and the factor that could conceivably have made this movie tolerable - humour - is off the menu.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
The film is impressive.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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
How did this film end up with such a muddled story?
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Hayek strikes the right balance between thinking too hard about the story's inherent nonsense and sitting back and enjoying the ride.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Stone's uneven direction veers from near-amateurish genre antics to an enjoyable awareness of those same standards.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
It all feels more like flexing atrophied muscles rather than creating a believable experience.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
"Savages" is enjoyable in a way that's almost but not quite intentional camp; it's like eating a dinner made by a seven-year-old, with cake for every course, interspersed with Jell-O, Pepperidge Farm goldfish and chocolate sprinkles.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Doesn't break much new ground in the genre but offers a volatile concoction of violence, heroism, and amorality that is compulsively watchable.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Savages represents at least a partial resurrection of [Stone's] more hallucinatory, violent, sexual and, in a word, savage side.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
"Savages" is an enjoyably gratuitous romp, but with something to say.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
After a decade or so of suppressing his more lurid instincts, Oliver Stone is back in the bat-crap-crazy mode that made his Oscar-winning rap-sheet rep.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
You might not think that a motion picture called "Savages" could be too violent, too savage, but you would be wrong.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Amid all the violence and profanity, Oliver Stone reveals a begrudging respect for his damned characters.
Tim Grierson - Deadspin
Savages, however, finds a new low for this auteur. It's a trashy, repulsive little flick, so darned unwatchable that it's not even fun to rip the thing apart.
Jason Gorber - Twitch
Well made and slickly made but amoral junk.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
This is by no means Oliver Stone's best work. But it's his best work in well over a decade.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Veers way off course in its second act, becoming confusing and vague - indeed, stoned. But it all comes good in the end.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
Essentially stupid, but stylistically invigorating, like watching a genius muck about with finger paints like a child on a sugar high. And then it throws it back in your face.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
This film goes about as deep and dark as a summer high. Sure there are flashes of mexploitation fun, but ultimately it's just way too mellow, man.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
Savages reels you in but then doesn't finish the job.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Oliver Stone isn't known for making pretty films but ugly is something he does very well.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
A good piece of gritty, grown-up entertainment. One question, though - has Oliver Stone lost his movie mojo?
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Savages is a hot mess - beautiful actors and locations mixed with a plot that starts strong but ultimately turns into a snooze-fest. With a lead villain seemingly ripped from the cover of Cosmo magazine, Stone's latest flick savagely disappoints.
Its energy has long deflated before an ending that will try the patience of even the most forgiving viewers. There's little to defend once Stone and company have so eagerly adopted the cheap twists of a latter day Shyamalan picture.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
The messy insouciance wears a little thin, and by the time we get to the absurdity of the extended ending, enough is definitely enough.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
The three leads are a bit on the bland side but perhaps that's the way California potheads are. Del Toro and Travolta are terrific in their more interesting roles.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
It's a dirty and messy firecracker of a film, but one that's directed with thrill and skill.
Colin Fraser - FILMINK (Australia)
I think it's really interesting that Oliver Stone has gone back to this visceral, mischievous, hard-hitting filmmaking.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Stone does his best with the material-aided by no less than three credited editors-but can't compensate for the void at the film's centre. An absence less of morality, than of simple chemistry.
Shane Danielsen - sbs.com.au
Bloody violent, bloody savage and bloody wonderful, Oliver Stone's Savages shows how well a talented filmmaker can transform a novel into a movie
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile