Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 26, 2012
    90
    Safe is both a slavish imitation of cinema gone by and a movie for our time. I found it wickedly entertaining and perversely refreshing in its total lack of contemporary piety.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Apr 30, 2012
    80
    A rough, exhausting, exhilarating action picture with a payoff which would have delighted Sam Fuller or Howard Hawks. The Stath - an actual Olympian, remember - is on top form.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    May 3, 2012
    75
    There's a back story to this, and it's actually sort of witty.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Apr 27, 2012
    75
    There are zero surprises, but it looks good, moves well through a trim running time and wields its clichés with defiant aplomb.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 26, 2012
    75
    Boaz Yakin's slick direction, marked by quick cuts, unstinting energy and a lack of sentimentality, makes the action scenes satisfying. But he's a better director than writer.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 26, 2012
    75
    The violence has the straightforward, unflinching characteristic evident in "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction," although Yakin's dialogue falls considerably short of Tarantino's, both in terms of substance and offbeat humor.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 26, 2012
    70
    There's nothing terribly original about Safe, but it's a suitably grimy playground for action cinema's reigning pit bull.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 25, 2012
    70
    Statham probably isn't going to be doing Shakespeare anytime soon. But everybody ought to be good at something, and when it comes to this kind of thing, Statham is very good, indeed.
  9. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Apr 24, 2012
    70
    A preposterously enjoyable - or enjoyably preposterous - action-thriller.
  10. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 22, 2012
    63
    Safe's primary contribution to the burgeoning Jason-Statham-kicks-everyone's-ass subgenre is setting three of its set pieces in crowded New York City venues (a subway car, a hotel dining room, and a Chinatown nightclub) where shootouts lead to believable mass-exodus pandemonium.
  11. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    May 7, 2012
    60
    With Yakin's all-action plot operating like clockwork, an on-song Statham proves anything but expendable in a genre he dominates. Predictable, sure, but equally pleasurable.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 24, 2012
    60
    You can't help feeling that an initially adventurous movie has had its rough edges sanded away.
  13. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Apr 26, 2012
    58
    The character-building is proffered in bad faith, like every scene in Safe that doesn't involve bloodshed. Statham can sell a punch, but not his own vulnerability.
  14. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 25, 2012
    58
    Safe has more action than intrigue (or logic), and it's boilerplate vicious. It may satisfy Statham's fans, but they - like he - would do well to enlarge their expectations.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 26, 2012
    55
    It has neither the Red Bull–fueled crudeness of "Crank" nor the Frenchified lunatic vitality of the "Transporter" movies; it's not even as cheaply entertaining as the generic hit-man retread "The Mechanic." Safe shows Statham comfortably treading water, proving all the things he no longer needs to prove.
  16. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Apr 27, 2012
    50
    Safe bangs along respectably enough, all thrown fists and cheeky comments, but it never feels like more than a second-tier video game brought to life.
  17. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    Love the kid though, and Statham too – it takes a star with quality to be so rock solid in a crumbling yarn.
  18. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    None of this bears much or any resemblance to the real world, but the violence crunches, the editing snaps and the humorous one-liners pop at well-timed junctures.
  19. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    Now, if only someone would offer this actor a project worthy of the full range of his talent.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 26, 2012
    50
    Statham is still playing it safe in Safe, but vulnerability is showing through the cracks.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Apr 25, 2012
    50
    Though Safe initially seems a little darker and more thoughtful than the British star's previous comic-book escapades in "Death Race," "The Expendables" or the "Transporter" trilogy, it ultimately reverts to testosterone-heavy formula.
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 23, 2012
    50
    What starts out crisp and promising gives way to a conventional shoot-'em-up in Safe, a fast-paced but extremely familiar vehicle for Jason Statham, who can only carry the material so far on his brawny shoulders.
  23. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Apr 25, 2012
    40
    Enough already with the pointless gun battles that litter Safe like spent syringes in a shooting gallery. No matter how spastically you edit them, you'll never top John Woo's early work, or, for that matter, Sam Peckinpah's. Aim higher, even if it means fewer hits.
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 30, 2012
    38
    Writer-director Boaz Yakin delivers his conflicting elements mostly as intended, and with obvious ambition. But he fails to take care of certain fundamentals - most problematically, coaxing out the emotion he's seeking from Statham and young newcomer Catherine Chan.
  25. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 26, 2012
    20
    Safe arrives filled with bombast and sneers but barely any thrills.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. May 7, 2012
    2
    What a horrible excuse for a film. The whole point here was to show ultra violent scenes, not to have a story that anyone cpould give a damn about.. I thought "Safehouse"was absurd but this makes it look like a calm, deliberate masterpiece. Violence, gore, and brain matter splattering acroos the sreen do not make a film. Half the time, you do not even know who is being killed. Also, I am sick and tired of the shaky camera technique. I am not a prude but this nonsense is getting out of hand. Pure garbarge. Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2012
    4
    It's an extremely violent film and shows many racial stereotypes too, although I liked the fact that it shows a Chinese girl who is a mathematical genius (another stereotype). I love Jason Statham as an actor, although I think he should be given a better script to show off his acting chops. Full Review »
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    6
    Probably the best Statham film, action wise, in the past few years. Lots of good, solid action and the plot, while filled with plenty of typical sterotypes, is good enough to sit through the entire movie for. Worth giving a chance imo. Full Review »