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Safe House Reviews

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Benjo Colautti
We Got This Covered
September 17, 2012
Safe House has a cast full of actors who would make any director blush with confidence, but each and every one of them is used as scenery for the action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 17, 2012
["Safe House"] becomes a prime example of why no matter how many chases and other action sequences they may throw into the mix, they can't even begin to make up for the more important elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 13, 2012
It doesn't say much about Safe House that I can only recall a grand total of about 2 minutes, and those are mostly moments that enjoy good quality character time rather than any flash-bang excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
February 23, 2012
Largely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
February 9, 2012
A flat thriller that could use a little danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Clift
Moviedex
February 23, 2012
Even the combined charisma of Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds can't make Safe House seem like anything other than the derivative and unengaging nonsense that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 7, 2012
A competently-acted but utterly forgettable procedural that's full of exasperatingly idiotic character decisions due to lazy scripting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
February 26, 2012
The film's super-saturated look and quick cutting are mere substitutes for any real sense of intrigue.
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
December 30, 2012
Everybody fights and everybody lies in a thriller that tries to glamorize spies while demonizing their profession.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
February 9, 2012
Ends up being an unfulfilling blend of gritty realism and over-the-top kinetic editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 17, 2012
It's an insane, relatively predictable storyline and you'd think they'd be able to weave more humour into the mix.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
February 9, 2012
Excellent performances from both Washington and Reynolds can't can't save Safe House from its boilerplate-thriller bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 8, 2012
By the time the obvious, half-hearted twist rolls around, the excitement has been slowly drained away, and even Washington's mischievous smile can't resurrect it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 10, 2012
Safe House exemplifies the kind of mediocre movie Hollywood pushes into the January-February release slot. It's nothing you haven't seen elsewhere, and it's not as good - even with Denzel's impish smile.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
February 9, 2012
Safe House will have you on the edge of your seat - so you can spring out of it the second the credits roll.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 8, 2012
It's plain most of the well-known players are on hand for purposes of refreshing their bank accounts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 9, 2012
The scenes of fighting, shooting, and car-chasing are all quite breathtaking, but you'll be twitching for the fast-forward button during the seemingly endless sequences of plot development and dialogue that connect all the thrilling stuff together.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 11, 2012
I enjoy a good espionage thriller as much as anyone and probably more than most. This, despite a nice turn by the always reliable Denzel and some decent action scenes, just isn't that good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
February 24, 2012
Director Daniel Espinosa shows his fondness for Tony Scott's shaky-cam tint-o-rama method of directing. Choppy editing, a shaky camera and darkened daytime scenes are annoying, especially when combined with a weak script and predictable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
February 10, 2012
The action scenes are drawn out so long that it's like watching a live action re-enactment of Peter Griffin battling the Giant Chicken on "Family Guy!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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