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Savage Grace

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France, Spain, United States · 2007
1h 37m
Director Tom Kalin
Starring Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Reid
Genre Drama

Barbara Baekland is a lonely, unhappily married social climber who dotes on her only son Antony, himself a homosexual. As Barbara tries to "cure" Antony of his sexuality—sometimes by seducing him herself—the groundwork is laid for a murderous tragedy. Based on a famous scandal from the 1970s.

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Village Voice by

A tawdry nighttime soap that marvels without insight at its characters' despicable behavior: It squanders a major performance by Moore.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Proust might have known what to do with the Baekelands, but Mr. Kalin and Mr. Rodman don't make much more of them than the mess they apparently already were.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

The director, Tom Kalin, stages acid duels, but he should have provided more psychological structure. Though Moore, a great actress, turns fury into verbal music, we're never quite sure what's driving her.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Savage Grace should have the force of Greek tragedy, but Kalin's chamber drama feels curiously stifling and flat, and Moore's volatile turn isn't enough to quicken its pulse.

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