It's like a jacked-up Miami Vice told from the point of view of the criminals.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
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
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 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.
—A.O. Scott The New York Times
Savages has a lot going for it, including a pip of a story, a propulsive narrative drive and the über-cool blacker-than-night attitude and language of author Winslow.
—Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
Savages represents at least a partial resurrection of the director's more hallucinatory, violent, sexual and, in a word, savage side.
—Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter
Savages is a B-movie striving for an A-plus, a decadently energetic summer escape with bloody action, bold visuals and bodacious attitude to burn.
—Ann Hornaday Washington Post
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.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
It's not as if Stone is above this sort of pulp. But as rejiggered for the movies, 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 superb craftsmanship and care behind Savages only helps to underscore what an asinine, unconvincing picture this is.
—Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald