Safe Reviews

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June 24, 2013
Moore, in a nearly unplayable role, is amazingly vivid and touching; this is a heartbreaking portrait of a woman in full, panicked retreat from life.
June 24, 2013
You'd have to be cranky or blind to deny Haynes' artistry and vision. There's a dark power, a tremor that runs through the movie like the rumble of a secret dread.
July 21, 2010
This creepy art movie will stay with you.
July 6, 2010
In a summer of heavyweight action movies and flyweight romantic comedies, I don't think you'll find a more provocative little number than Safe, which creeps under your skin like a rash.
March 26, 2009
The audaciousness that marked Todd Haynes' earlier work has been supplanted by self-important preachiness.
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June 24, 2006
The ironic handling of decor and characterisation builds an eerie portrait of the blissed-out West Coast bourgeoisie at their most brainwashed.
April 23, 2019
I found Safe's lack of answers both intriguing and frustrating.
November 10, 2018
Intended to be an exploration of the attitudes and anxiety surrounding the AIDS crisis, Safe still possesses the ability to leave viewers breathless and squirming in their seats.
October 31, 2018
One of the all-time great films. Screams out with existential terror showcasing how the lack of identity is not only anxiety-inducing but potentially inevitable due to the modern world we live in.
June 7, 2016
In many ways, 'Safe' predicts both the insular nature of contemporary society, and the (counter-intuitive) disease of conformity that's synonymous with it.
February 7, 2015
For all its disquiet, Safe is truly about the terror of losing control-or, even more frightening, being made aware of the fact that we never had control to begin with.
December 14, 2014
Although Wrenwood is about the last place imaginable one would want to spend the holidays, the Criterion Collection's immaculate 4K transfer of Todd Haynes's Safe demands that you do exactly that.
December 10, 2014
Safe is brilliant for the way Haynes, with cinematographer Alex Nepomniaschy and composer Ed Tomney, blankets the mundane in the eerie tone of science fiction and horror.
June 24, 2013
Moore, evidently under Haynes' instruction, gives a performance composed of near-total inertia. Her pale lifelessness -- meant to be frightening, I suppose -- is merely irritating.
June 24, 2013
With anti-star boldness, Moore doesn't so much embody the role as disembody it, dissolving before our eyes.
June 24, 2013
Frequently fascinating, it never builds into anything profound.
June 24, 2013
Safe is numbingly fascinating, partly due to its carefully composed, antiseptic visual style and its throbbingly threatening soundtrack.
July 21, 2010
Todd Haynes has always tended towards the clinical, an approach which in this dark and ambiguous allegory proves ever so coolly appropriate.
July 21, 2010
Beautifully constructed, chilling internal nightmare where every scene plays out like a little mini movie in and of itself. Brilliant.
October 18, 2008
Like Carol, this gifted filmmaker seems to be trapped inside a shell -- devoting his considerable intelligence mainly to justifying his own sense of paralysis.
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