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The Safety of Objects Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2003
The Safety of Objects is like a hike through the swamp of despond, with ennui sticking to our shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
March 1, 2003
Not a complete waste of time, but it doesn't make us feel the way better dramas do, and, in the end, it lacks the qualities that would make it memorable or powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
March 9, 2003
Its failed bid for originality takes the form of an unreasonably high quirkiness quotient.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 10, 2003
While some plot threads may have looked less silly on the page than they do on the screen. The decent cast sleepwalks through the tangled stories and Troche's monotonous pacing without making much of an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2003
The film skips back and forth between several short stories (originally written by A.M. Homes) that are more driven by atmosphere than plot. Yet Troche somehow fails to give them much of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 7, 2003
Sometimes repellent and always patronizing, The Safety of Objects blunders through several stories that fit together as well as pieces from a dozen different jigsaw puzzles.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Carlo Cavagna
February 8, 2003
The characters are unusual enough, the dialogue sharp enough, and the acting good enough that it is relatively pleasant watching these lives for a couple hours.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 7, 2003
The scheme and scope of the movie are just too darned obvious.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 7, 2003
The Safety of Objects doesn't expose nearly enough of the pre-traumatic to make before distinguishable from after. So the film leaves you dissatisfied, as though you'd just spent two hours with a menagerie of plastic white people.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
March 7, 2003
Conceptually, it's a good try. But even with a fine cast working near peak proficiency, The Safety of Objects gets all tangled up by its own aspirations and, ultimately, trips into a quicksand of bathos.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 7, 2003
A noble attempt that doesn't hang together.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 14, 2003
Troche ... seems to be tuned into Homes' writing, but without really knowing how to translate it to a cinematic narrative.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 13, 2003
Happiness is a Magnolia Ice Storm of American Beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 15, 2012
mechanical film school exercise
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
March 20, 2003
One compelling story intertwined gracelessly with countless others ranging from mediocre to unspeakably idiotic.
| Original Score: C
Adam Nayman
July 8, 2003
Simply put, there's too much going on, and too many fragile, damaged characters to fret appropriately over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
March 14, 2003
In boldly departing from the safety of a strong, unifying plot, Troche makes virtual objects of her characters by showing us plenty that intrigues and not enough that enlightens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
March 7, 2003
Suffers from a case of too many dramas, too little time.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 8, 2003
Enough to give any audience near-terminal suburban angst exhaustion.
Erich Scholz
March 6, 2003
A film about people who feel too much for people who don't think too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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