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Safe House Reviews

February 26, 2012
The film's super-saturated look and quick cutting are mere substitutes for any real sense of intrigue.
February 21, 2012
While director Espinosa hones in on the ambiguous battle between Weston's idealism and Frost's cynicism, British cinematographer Oliver Wood - who filmed the last two Bourne movies - shoots the hell out of everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 14, 2012
This is a naive director with so little insight you wonder what comic books he's been reading.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 13, 2012
I won't deny that the movie hooked me with sheer brute energy and dragged me along with it most of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2012
Nothing really new here, but the cast is first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
February 10, 2012
"Safe House" has just enough bone density to emit some satisfying cracks and pops whenever the action gets going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2012
Whatever its flaws, the film gives you no chance to get bored.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 10, 2012
"Safe House" is a safe bet if you're in the market for a conspiracy-driven action drama. There are times you wish it wasn't quite so safe, but it does deliver the bang for your bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 10, 2012
While other stars of his generation stoop to self-parody, Washington stands tall. We cannot tell a lie: Yes, he makes us nervous, but in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 10, 2012
As fun as the movie occasionally is, it can't make its own drama convincing, much less give Reynolds the nudge he needs toward Matt Damon-ville.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 2012
"Safe House" may strike you as a brilliant movie, provided you've seen fewer than, say, 10 spy thrillers. I've seen more than 10 spy thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 2012
A movie with a double-crossing intelligence plot that's so generic it's an irritating intrusion in a lively chase through the streets and shantytowns of Cape Town, South Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 9, 2012
It's pretty good.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 9, 2012
"Safe House" is an idea for a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 9, 2012
Washington's Tobin is a pedantic cipher and Reynolds' Weston a dull Dudley Do-Right, and the resulting mix, apart from a few good chases, is bland enough to bottle for Gerber's.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
February 9, 2012
"Safe House" is a sturdy enough thriller, but one that consistently defaults to the less interesting of its two lead characters.
February 9, 2012
It ... shows how much can be done with a business-as-usual CIA-thriller script when it's bolstered by effective acting and expert direction.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
February 9, 2012
Safe House is a bracing action thriller made all the more watchable because of its two lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2012
Safe House plows through its familiar twists with efficient brio and a distinguished supporting cast.
February 9, 2012
If Denzel Washington isn't the coolest dude out there, I don't know who is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 9, 2012
The ethical breaches and double-agent stuff have no sting. So many people are risking and giving their lives, and we barely care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 9, 2012
[Reynolds] still doesn't quite match up with Washington. And while that doesn't sink Safe House, it certainly makes it a little less of a ride than it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2012
"Safe House" devolves into unexciting action scenes that feel left over from the "Bourne" flicks and are peopled with cloak-and-dagger stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2012
A viciously energetic South Africa-set actioner that makes up in sweaty atmosphere and brute force what it lacks in surprise.
February 9, 2012
"Safe House" is essentially and very effectively a rollicking smash-and-crash chase movie that happens to be surprisingly well acted.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 9, 2012
Even at its most frantic and mechanical, the movie relies on Washington to provide a visual anchor, some sociopathic calm amid the storm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2012
Too often Washington is made to simply sit and observe -- which is not a fatal mistake because he is such a good actor that even then he's worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2012
In the midst of "Safe House's" predictable mayhem and unoriginal plotting, Washington is fun to watch as he outsmarts everyone again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 9, 2012
Thanks largely to Washington's sly performance and Daniel Espinosa's taut direction, Safe House gets off to a strong start, but the tension slackens halfway through and never recovers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 9, 2012
Ultimately, "Safe House" reveals itself to be more interested in bombastic, bloody thrills than provocative, analytical thought.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
February 8, 2012
The movie, as if on an action time clock, punches in the standard set pieces: bloody fights, clattering shoot-outs, an escape through a packed soccer stadium. Some of this stuff is well-done, and some of it has been done a lot better.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 8, 2012
[A] scattered but not totally disagreeable CIA conspiracy thriller...
February 8, 2012
Dramatically, the film hangs together well enough but the repetitive nature of the action and lack of stylistic shadings and nuance ultimately prove rather grinding.