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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 1, 2012
The occasional efficient action sequence means that 'Safe' never gets truly dull, but even Statham aficionados might feel short- changed by this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
April 30, 2012
The thoroughly mediocre Safe provides little more than an excuse for Statham to do what Statham does better than anyone else: look stern while punishing bad guys. That's just not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 28, 2012
It's like another "Transporter'' installment trying to be something slightly more - and not quite delivering the goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
April 27, 2012
Despite some impressively gritty street-level action, Safe plays it far too safe.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 27, 2012
Yeah, "Safe" is a long way from perfect. But rented, in a few months, it'll go great with a six-pack and a hold-the-anchovies special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 27, 2012
It's hard to swallow Statham, who spent the Crank movies supercharging his last minutes of life, as a suicidal sad-sack, just as it's painful to see him yoked to a cute little girl in an obvious attempt to soften his image.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 27, 2012
The plot first strains and then assassinates credulity, while Yakin's handling of the action/mayhem runs the gamut from the merely dull to what-the-hell's-going-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 27, 2012
This whip-smart, brutally funny and gleefully nasty film is one of the year's best surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 27, 2012
There are zero surprises, but it looks good, moves well through a trim running time and wields its clichés with defiant aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
April 27, 2012
Barrels through cliché after cliché and hurdles from borough to borough with a welcome abandon for logic, morality, and mortality alike.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 26, 2012
Yakin's slick direction, marked by quick cuts, unstinting energy and a lack of sentimentality, makes the action scenes satisfying. But he's a better director than writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
April 26, 2012
If only someone would offer this actor a project worthy of the full range of his talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2012
None of this bears much or any resemblance to the real world, but the violence crunches, the editing snaps and the humorous one-liners pop at well-timed junctures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 26, 2012
The trouble with Safe is that you know where it's going every step of the way.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 26, 2012
It's hard to imagine a die-hard action fan being disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 26, 2012
Safe winds up being a B-movie with A-movie credentials, and all the more entertaining for it.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
Yakin gives his star plenty of room to look mean, think fast, drive faster, punch, quip, mow down and charismatically bond with the most imperiled child character in screen memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 26, 2012
It's not just laziness - although it's a fair cop - that prompts the observation that Safe is both the worst movie title and attitude for Jason Statham at this stage of his career.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 26, 2012
Held on the shelf for a while until the marquee was (briefly) clear of action dramas, "Safe" arrives filled with bombast and sneers but barely any thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
April 26, 2012
Let the bullets fly. Let the bodies fall. Let a man who was grieving and suicidal rise up and wreak rough justice. And boy is it rough. And ever so satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 25, 2012
From its implacable hero and thoroughgoing cynicism to its electrified pace and fairytale conclusion, "Safe" is both a slavish imitation of cinema gone by and a movie for our time.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2012
Yakin, who wrote and directed the film, keeps things moving with ever-inventive ways to kill and maim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 25, 2012
It may satisfy Statham's fans, but they - like he - would do well to enlarge their expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 25, 2012
[Statham] continues to punch, kick, shoot and crash cars in a satisfying, gritty fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 24, 2012
Yakin makes us wait for the fisticuffs, an inspired choice that allows the rough-hewn Statham to show off his primo brooding abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
Yakin's sleek, visually witty direction elevates his undeniably dopey script.
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 24, 2012
"Safe" is the worst Jason Statham movie since the last Jason Statham movie, carrying on the bargain-budget action star's tradition of building a body of work out of, well, dead bodies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
April 23, 2012
What starts out crisp and promising gives way to a conventional shoot-'em-up.