Some reviews for Savages:
The Times –
“has a lot going for it, including a pip of a story, a propulsive narrative drive and the uber-cool blacker-than-night attitude and language of author Winslow,”
The New York Times –
“feverish, fully baked, half-great adaptation.” As Stone dabbles in different formats (including black-and-white and cellphone video) and throws together cinematic genres (the film is “a daylight noir, a western, a stoner buddy movie and a love story”), the end result 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.”
LA Weekly –
“‘Savages’ is bloated with plot and exposition, much of which is related via the incessant voiceover of Ophelia,” who is solidly portrayed by Lively (“appropriately spacey and convincingly vulnerable”) but ultimately “too naive and self-absorbed to care about.” She adds that “Soul is something ‘Savages’ has in short supply.”
The reviews are mixed. They either love it or hate it. I saw the movie when it opened and I thought it was good fun. Yes, there were some violence but not as gratuitous as some of the slasher-torture movies out there. The best part of the movie is Taylor Kitsch. He didn’t disappoint as Chon. Any movie with a nice Taylor Kitsch ass shot is good in my book. Throw in a nice Aaron Johnson ass shot and it is a must-see movie.