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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Savages comes off as director Oliver Stone trying to rekindle his "Natural Born Killers" mojo from 1994. But when the bigger-name stars show up here in cartoonish roles, things feel more silly than gritty.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Savages represents at least a partial resurrection of the director's more hallucinatory, violent, sexual and, in a word, savage side.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The violence is graphic, the dialogue can be awfully arch and the style is often mannered, but this long, dense adventure takes surprising side trips into thoughtfulness, ruefulness, whimsy and romance. It's high-grade entertainment sustained by a buoyant spirit.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Oliver Stone thriller is all about sex, drugs, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Savages (from director Oliver Stone) is about two drug dealers who share the same girlfriend (Gossip Girl's Blake Lively) and must rescue her after she's kidnapped by a powerful cartel. There are strong sex scenes, one scene of full-frontal nudity by a minor female character, and lots of pot smoking, as well as some drinking and cigarette smoking. You can also expect graphic violence, including women being kidnapped and held prisoner (with sexual assault implied), guns and shooting, lots of blood, severed heads, brains blown out, exploding cars, a man being tortured and burned alive, and many dead bodies. Language is also strong, with uses of "f--k" and other words throughout.

  • Families can talk about Savages' strong violence. Is it necessary to the story? How does the impact of this kind of violence compare to what you see in horror and action movies?
  • How does the movie portray sex and relationships? Can O really love both of them equally? Can they both love her equally and not feel jealous?
  • Can Ben be considered a role model? Does his helping others help erase the destructive, illegal, and immoral things he does?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters work together to solve a problem, but at the same time, their behavior is hugely destructive and unhealthy.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: One of the characters, Ben, occasionally dabbles in humanitarian aid, working toward clean energy and water for African nations. But he's also a drug dealer and user and engages in destructive and unhealthy behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Strong, brutal violence, with lots of blood and shooting. Viewers see severed heads and spattering brains. Two girls are kidnapped and treated roughly. Implied sexual assault. A man is tortured and burned alive. Lots of fighting and punching and exploding cars. Several characters die.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The lead female sleeps with the two leading men alternately and claims to love them both. There are two graphic sex scenes, but neither has much nudity. A minor female character appears naked (full frontal) in one scene.

  • language false3

    Language: "F--k" is used frequently. Also "s--t," "God," "ass," "a--hole," "damn," "goddamn," "t-ts," "d--k," and derogatory language like "f----t," "Jap," and "sand n--ger."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main characters are drug dealers (pot) and drug users, so the whole story revolves around drugs. Characters are seen smoking pot and getting high in several scenes. Characters also drink beer and harder alcohol and are seen smoking cigarettes.