The Safety of Objects Reviews

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August 5, 2003
Troche has created a truly moving film, upsetting and uplifting in equal measure.
June 6, 2003
A richly compelling movie that is as hard to forget as it is difficult to warm up to.
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.
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
A deftly made and poignant character study that deals with life's heartaches and its tender mercies.
March 13, 2003
Happiness is a Magnolia Ice Storm of American Beauty.
March 13, 2003
Much of the film improves as it goes, with the help of veterans Close and Clarkson.
Top Critic
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 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.
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.
March 7, 2003
A wistful, beautifully acted ensemble drama.
March 7, 2003
A noble attempt that doesn't hang together.
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.
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.
March 7, 2003
A movie that never finds a consistent tone.
March 7, 2003
Suffers from a case of too many dramas, too little time.
March 7, 2003
The Safety of Objects is like a hike through the swamp of despond, with ennui sticking to our shoes.
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