The Savages: Savagely Good

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney earning high marks
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 4:30 PM CST
Laura Linney, left, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman arrive for the New York premiere of "The Savages," Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) The Savages—a tale of middle-aged siblings forced to put their lives on hold to take care of their elderly father—is earning nearly unanimous praise for its deft mix of dark humor and brutal honesty. "There isn’t a single moment of emotional guff or sentimentality in The Savages," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York TImes.

"The Savages is bruisingly funny in the damnedest places, the way life is," writes Lisa Schwarzbaum in Entertainment Weekly. "Yes, it's okay to laugh."  Co-stars Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman earn lavish praise, as does director Tamara Jenkins. "With the help of acting giants, Jenkins turns The Savages into a twisted, bittersweet pleasure," writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.