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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+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 28, 2012
This is one of those movies that gives independent cinema a good reputation. It's one of those little gems that isn't seen in most of the country, but should be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
This hugely enjoyable comedy shows that you don't need massive budgets or stars for success: likeable characters and smart ideas are more than enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic
September 27, 2012
When a crew is given constraints like a miniscule budget, more emphasis rightly goes into tightening up things like scripting and performance. It's the 'Chasing Amy' phenomenon at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed is an excellent comedy, one with tons of heart, great characters, and tremendous performances from Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 12, 2012
Trevorrow keeps the film moving with the crackerjack skill of a screwball comedy - almost nobody in the film is allowed to be uninteresting or unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 29, 2012
A zany indie sci-fi/comedy, that has a promising innovative premise about time travel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 30, 2012
An entertaining seriocomic bauble that richly mines for laughs the pained regret and fumbling desires of its characters in much the same manner as Alexander Payne.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 25, 2012
Probably not the best movie you'll see all year, but it might just be the most special one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 20, 2012
The only thing that saddens me about this little gem of a movie is that it may not be seen by anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
July 20, 2012
"Safety Not Guaranteed" is charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and unpredictable; basically all the things a unique indie comedy like this should be. "Safety Not Guaranteed" is just fantastically enjoyable from all sides.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
July 15, 2012
The characters are off-kilter and even weird, but watching them one senses their strange behavior occurs because of who they are, not because they're putting on a performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 14, 2012
It's the film's attempt at a conventional, big budget finale, with a big prop(Think H.G. Wells)...that trips it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
July 13, 2012
So good you're not going to care whether his time machine works or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 5, 2012
... fairly bulges with quirky hangdog charm ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
MovieMaker Magazine
July 1, 2012
'Safety Not Guaranteed' is a little comedy that makes the world safe for personal ads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
June 26, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed is an indie flight of fancy. It's fresh and imaginative. Its best moments are when it is grounded in the absurdity and whimsy of the human condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
June 24, 2012
The superbly-balanced tone of this sweet and sour outsider-romance is the real star of [Trevorrow's] feature debut, though breakout turns by on-the-cusp players Audrey Plaza and Jake M Johnson add to the film's warm and wondrous sense of discovery.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 22, 2012
It is an offbeat charmer that is fun and engaging from a storytelling standpoint, but one that also brings a surprisingly rich emotional payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 22, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed is droll and hilarious, but there isn't a cheap laugh in it, and the ending is so perfect it sends you soaring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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