Safe House Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Safe House" is essentially and very effectively a rollicking smash-and-crash chase movie that happens to be surprisingly well acted.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Safe House is a bracing action thriller made all the more watchable because of its two lead performances.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    John DeFore — Washington Post

  • The ethical breaches and double-agent stuff have no sting. So many people are risking and giving their lives, and we barely care.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • [A] scattered but not totally disagreeable CIA conspiracy thriller...

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • "Safe House" devolves into unexciting action scenes that feel left over from the "Bourne" flicks and are peopled with cloak-and-dagger stereotypes.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • "Safe House" is a sturdy enough thriller, but one that consistently defaults to the less interesting of its two lead characters.

    John Anderson — Wall Street Journal

  • [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.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The film's super-saturated look and quick cutting are mere substitutes for any real sense of intrigue.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • Even at its most frantic and mechanical, the movie relies on Washington to provide a visual anchor, some sociopathic calm amid the storm.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • If Denzel Washington isn't the coolest dude out there, I don't know who is.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • I won't deny that the movie hooked me with sheer brute energy and dragged me along with it most of the way.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • This is a naive director with so little insight you wonder what comic books he's been reading.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • A viciously energetic South Africa-set actioner that makes up in sweaty atmosphere and brute force what it lacks in surprise.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • "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.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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