Safety Not Guaranteed Reviews

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Philip Concannon
The Skinny
December 20, 2012
With another rewrite and some more focused direction, Trevorrow could have exploited the potential in his story and provided a worthy platform for Plaza, whose deadpan lead performance is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
December 18, 2012
Plaza and Duplass are enormously watchable, and there's a sweet sadness in the movie's focus on lost dreams and missed chances, and the truism that we all long for a time machine every once in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Clark
December 8, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed is an original worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Mottram
Total Film
December 6, 2012
The past has never seemed so inviting as it does in Colin Trevorrow's DIY time-travel romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
November 16, 2012
From its shoestring budget to its familiar tropes, this could have been independent filmmaking at its most generic. But with its off-the-wall premise, snarky wit and heartfelt performances, it's quite the opposite: an inspired original.
Eric Melin
November 9, 2012
A lighthearted tale that deftly mixes absurdist humor with touching moments and a real feeling of loneliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leonard Maltin
November 2, 2012
How do you incorporate a science-fiction element in a low-budget indie production? For answers, see the engaging new comedy Safety Not Guaranteed...
October 19, 2012
A small, richly nuanced, engaging piece of romantic fluff with a decent sci-fi tinge that doesn't overplay its quirkiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 18, 2012
It is a strange and strangely appealing journey that this film takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 18, 2012
This is one of those films where the filmmaker takes you on an audacious journey and makes you believe every moment of it. A nice debut from Trevorrow and Connolly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2012
The film balances the extraordinary and ordinary with great aplomb, and Duplass and Plaza give beautifully judged performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 18, 2012
It is one of those nicely-made efforts where every element sits perfectly in place, but the director is too tentative to shift them around too much. So they just sit there. The choice is yours: enjoy the stillness, or move on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
October 18, 2012
It's a slight and modest flick that occasionally lapses into sentimentality, but it's original and nicely carried by the actors.
Beth Wilson
October 18, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed has real pathos which is always a lovely counterbalance to comedy.
Aaron Yap
October 18, 2012
Content to charm our pants off rather than set our imagination on fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 15, 2012
It will keep you smiling and keep you guessing. It's far from the safe, formulaic comedies that usually emanate from the big studios in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
October 14, 2012
It's a warm, fuzzy indie and a covert sci fi triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 13, 2012
Comedy, romance, sci-fi ... and wonderful whimsy, come together in this surprising film. We love surprises in our cinema, especially ones made with such heart
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 13, 2012
Each of the four central characters is quirky and flawed; what is supremely interesting is how we change our minds about them all. What begins as an oddball idea is fleshed out by way of a myriad branches, leading into different but credible directions
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012
If a group of your witty, talented and absolutely committed friends made a movie, this is the kind of truly 'indie' film to which they would aspire.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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