The Safety of Objects Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 15, 2012
mechanical film school exercise
Full Review | Original Score: C
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 17, 2008
Though well-acted, Troche's third film, an adaptation of short stories, is a minor addition of a fractured, ensemble narrative to the overly populated genre of suburban malaise and anomie in the wake of the success of Mendes' Oscar-winner American Beauty
Full Review | Original Score: C
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
October 19, 2004
Four neighboring families, seven stories, one secret - one great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
August 5, 2003
Troche has created a truly moving film, upsetting and uplifting in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...there's a lot worth recommending about the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
July 8, 2003
Simply put, there's too much going on, and too many fragile, damaged characters to fret appropriately over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 6, 2003
A richly compelling movie that is as hard to forget as it is difficult to warm up to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Knight
National Post
June 6, 2003
The time required to introduce more than a dozen major characters eats into the two-hour film, leaving precious few minutes for development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 6, 2003
A fairly deft sewing job of short stories by A.M. Homes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
June 6, 2003
It's a movie located in an interesting place, but without quite enough self-confidence really to inhabit it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 10, 2003
The sheer number and variety of miseries on view suggest a kind of wallowing.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Carter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 3, 2003
The effectiveness of The Safety of Objects and all such 'burb-angst weepies comes down to how far viewers will go toward feeling empathetic, or even sympathetic, rather than resentful toward such self-absorbed and self-loathing characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
March 20, 2003
One compelling story intertwined gracelessly with countless others ranging from mediocre to unspeakably idiotic.
| Original Score: C
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 19, 2003
Great for dissecting the American dream, but for pure movie entertainment, look somewhere else
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 14, 2003
It offers a meaningful lesson in putting people first -- ones that surround us, shelter us emotionally, and sometimes come to define us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 14, 2003
A graceful example of what movies can do so much better than other art forms: explore the nuances of human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Vic Vogler
Denver Post
March 14, 2003
In boldly departing from the safety of a strong, unifying plot, Troche makes virtual objects of her characters by showing us plenty that intrigues and not enough that enlightens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 14, 2003
Troche ... seems to be tuned into Homes' writing, but without really knowing how to translate it to a cinematic narrative.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
March 14, 2003
After a slow start in which the complexities of person and plot take an age to get established, the film catches real emotional fire in some most unexpected places.
March 14, 2003
Each one of these characters experiences an incredibly healing moment and you want to celebrate with them, laugh with them, cry with them - they moved me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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