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The Safety of Objects Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 6, 2003
A richly compelling movie that is as hard to forget as it is difficult to warm up to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
June 6, 2003
It's a movie located in an interesting place, but without quite enough self-confidence really to inhabit it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 10, 2003
The sheer number and variety of miseries on view suggest a kind of wallowing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 13, 2003
A deftly made and poignant character study that deals with life's heartaches and its tender mercies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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+
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 13, 2003
Much of the film improves as it goes, with the help of veterans Close and Clarkson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 13, 2003
It pretends to be a meaningful slice of Americana, but only succeeds in serving masses of tedium while driving its heavy foot down its own throat.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2003
I had a hard time keeping track of the members of each family from one jagged scene to the next, especially since no one says or does anything particularly interesting.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
March 11, 2003
[Troche has] made a quantum leap in the depth and confidence of her direction, coaxing career-best perfs from everyone involved while fleshing out each storyline to maximum impact.
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David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
March 10, 2003
With a long running time that no amount of nonlinear construction can successfully quicken, Safety does have sequences and whole story lines that are fresh and thoughtfully entertaining.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 7, 2003
A wistful, beautifully acted ensemble drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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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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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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
March 7, 2003
A movie that never finds a consistent tone.
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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
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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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Laura Miller
Salon.com
March 7, 2003
Glenn Close leads a terrific ensemble cast in Rose Troche's haunting epic of suburban life, fueled by Barbie, Pop-Tarts and God's wicked sense of humor.
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 6, 2003
[Troche] assembles the damaged human elements of Ms. Homes's world with patience and precision, and more often than not chooses dry understatement over easy satire or obvious sentiment.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2003
Troche transcends The Safety of Objects' inherent aura of contrivance and soap opera by creating a screen filled with real people and setting them off with shrewd structuring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 6, 2003
Troche's film derives its voltage from the way it burrows to find that the connections within -- and among -- families are very much alive.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2003
The disciplined performances play against schmaltz, and the casting is inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2003
A couple of unexpected revelations in the final act pack an emotional wallop that shifts the film into the realm of old-fashioned tearjerker, but the tears are wholly earned.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
March 6, 2003
Presented with such confidence, such care, that we love all of the characters, even if we don't like them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
March 4, 2003
The merging of characters and intersecting of lives seems forced.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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