The Safety of Objects Reviews

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February 15, 2012
mechanical film school exercise
July 17, 2008
Though well-acted, Troche's third film, an adaptation of short stories, is a minor addition of a fractured, ensemble narrative to the overly populated genre of suburban malaise and anomie in the wake of the success of Mendes' Oscar-winner American Beauty
July 8, 2003
Simply put, there's too much going on, and too many fragile, damaged characters to fret appropriately over.
June 6, 2003
It's a movie located in an interesting place, but without quite enough self-confidence really to inhabit it.
April 10, 2003
The sheer number and variety of miseries on view suggest a kind of wallowing.
April 3, 2003
The effectiveness of The Safety of Objects and all such 'burb-angst weepies comes down to how far viewers will go toward feeling empathetic, or even sympathetic, rather than resentful toward such self-absorbed and self-loathing characters.
March 20, 2003
One compelling story intertwined gracelessly with countless others ranging from mediocre to unspeakably idiotic.
March 19, 2003
Great for dissecting the American dream, but for pure movie entertainment, look somewhere else
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.
March 14, 2003
Troche ... seems to be tuned into Homes' writing, but without really knowing how to translate it to a cinematic narrative.
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.
March 13, 2003
Happiness is a Magnolia Ice Storm of American Beauty.
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.
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.
March 10, 2003
The episodes seem strained, the characters sketchy and underdeveloped, and the connections among them contrived.
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.
March 9, 2003
Its failed bid for originality takes the form of an unreasonably high quirkiness quotient.
March 8, 2003
Enough to give any audience near-terminal suburban angst exhaustion.
March 7, 2003
Troche has bitten off quite a bit here, and it's too much for her to chew properly.
March 7, 2003
A noble attempt that doesn't hang together.
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