Safe Reviews

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.
Top Critic
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.
May 20, 2003
Brilliantly as it begins, Safe eventually succumbs to its own modern malady, as the film maker insists on a chilly ambiguity that breeds more detachment than interest.
June 18, 2002
For all its flaws and vagueness, Safe is smart, challenging and provocative -- a film that gives you plenty to chew on, long after Carol's sad tale has wound down.
February 13, 2001
Safe, the elegantly unnerving new film by Todd Haynes, is all about uncertainty.
January 1, 2000
Haynes takes that Roy Lichtenstein world of postmodern angst and makes it tremendously affecting and eerily compassionate.
January 1, 2000
An insightful and darkly comical social commentary.
January 1, 2000
Maybe the environment is poisoned, and the group is phony, and Carol is gnawing away at her own psychic health. Now there's a fine mess.
January 1, 2000
Todd Haynes takes what might have been a deadly disease-of-the-week movie and turns it into a chic postmodern chiller.