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Safe Reviews

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Jason Bailey
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
June 24, 2013
With anti-star boldness, Moore doesn't so much embody the role as disembody it, dissolving before our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
June 24, 2013
Safe is numbingly fascinating, partly due to its carefully composed, antiseptic visual style and its throbbingly threatening soundtrack.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

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.
Rob Fraser
Empire Magazine
July 21, 2010
Beautifully constructed, chilling internal nightmare where every scene plays out like a little mini movie in and of itself. Brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 21, 2010
This creepy art movie will stay with you.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 20, 2007
Though the film had a miniscule budget, it looks outstanding with its dull, muted colors and godawful lite-rock soundtrack.
Emanuel Levy
October 1, 2006
Richer in subtext than text, this poignant, much misunderstood deconstructive film, about environmental diseseas, New Age therapy and TV movie of the week, deserves a second look due to meanings and Julianne Moore's terrific performance in a tough role
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Time Out
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.
Rob Gonsalves
May 27, 2006
One of the most mesmerizing and provocative films in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
July 8, 2005
Moore gives a superb performance, see it
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
November 2, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
August 24, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 22, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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