Safety Not Guaranteed Reviews

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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
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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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Adam Graham
Detroit News
June 22, 2012
"Safety" can't sustain its own offbeat energy. By the end, even Aubrey Plaza would roll her eyes at it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 21, 2012
"Safety Not Guaranteed" is eccentric enough to get mistaken for an uplifting fantasy, but it's Plaza who belongs in the penthouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2012
Neatly, the script embarks on one journey while dangling the possibility of another: the prospect of taking a sudden leap from comic reality into the realm of pure imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 15, 2012
"Safety Not Guaranteed" is most vibrant and vital at its edges, in the way that the characters interact with each other while waiting for something to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2012
It's brisk and assured and never begs the audience's indulgence. No time is wasted. The movie is, at every moment, either funny or pushing the story forward, or both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2012
The film is modest but skillful and heartfelt, spiced just so by Plaza and company.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 14, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed casts an enchanting spell from its opening scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 14, 2012
Expectedly funny but unexpectedly touching, too.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 14, 2012
A confident, quick-witted romantic comedy that is a giddy joy from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 14, 2012
A pleasantly ramshackle affair balanced uniquely between the crass and the sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
June 14, 2012
The film almost spirals out of control when some overtly conceptual elements are introduced to the plot, but there's enough conviction in the performances to keep them tolerable.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 14, 2012
A charming movie that blends comedy, romance and science fiction -- not necessarily the most obvious combination of genres, but one that director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly manage with assured ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
June 14, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed rewards those willing to ditch cynicism for a playful world where anything is possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2012
"Safety Not Guaranteed" not only has dialogue that's about something, but characters who have some depth and dimension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 12, 2012
"Charming" and "sweet" are two words that can be applied to this movie, which is considerably gentler than the R-rating might imply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 8, 2012
A slight, wistful comedy that, at least up to the ambitious but unsatisfying final scenes, combines sci-fi and rom-com to pleasing effect.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 8, 2012
Connolly ... goes beyond indie clichés to understand these characters, find their humanity and make us feel for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012
Because nothing plays out as anticipated, this off-balance project comes fully alive on screen in a way a written summary can't capture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 7, 2012
"Safety Not Guaranteed" won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival, and it is a small-scale winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 7, 2012
Part road movie, part romance, part coming-of-age comedy and part something entirely its own, "Safety Not Guaranteed" is an unexpected pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 7, 2012
Sometimes a movie comes out of nowhere and wins you over. Safety Not Guaranteed is that kind of unexpected gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 7, 2012
Touching, generous, sweet, this little slip of a movie puts you under some kind of spell.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 7, 2012
Delightful proof that money and fame have nothing on ingenuity and wit, "Safety Not Guaranteed" is worth a million meaningless blockbusters. Even if it cost millions less than any one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 7, 2012
Movies with a voice as strong, strange, smart and yes, sincere as "Safety Not Guaranteed" deserve to be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
June 7, 2012
Substituting charm, and sometimes quirk, for special effects, the no-budget time-travel caper Safety Not Guaranteed squeaks by on goodwill and guarded expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2012
Safety Not Guaranteed is a fable of ''redemption,'' and it's too tidy by half, but it is also very sweetly told.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 6, 2012
You have to admire the fact that, rather than turning to the safety of snark, this little movie sticks to its big idea: All you gotta do is believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 5, 2012
Alas, a sophisticated trajectory is cut short for an outcome that's cringingly earnest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
As indie-film nerd-mances go, this one is genuinely sweet.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
June 5, 2012
Cocooned in so-hip-it-hurts smugness, these faux-fairy tales perpetuate the sophomoric notion that deadpan quirk and snark are just cover for all that's really warm and cuddly and true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
A big win for everyone involved, Safety Not Guaranteed is especially exciting for fans of Aubrey Plaza, who proves she's good for more than snarky scene-stealing and can actually carry a film.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2012
A small movie with a big heart, Safety Not Guaranteed is a sci-fi-tinged oddball comedy about love as the ultimate risky adventure.