The Safety of Objects

Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29

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  1. The result is not a quilt, just a succession of story snippets that keep interrupting one another.
  2. Outside of its star power, it reeks of indie film and doesn't hold much mainstream steam.
  3. 50
    Although deft editing provides neat segues, "Safety" suffers from a case of too many dramas, too little time. Characters are given no chance to develop and, too often, their behavior turns on a dime, hurtling off into a parallel universe of extreme acts.
  4. 50
    Troche has bitten off quite a bit here, and it's too much for her to chew properly.
  5. The overall effect is imaginative but overambitious, though Troche unquestionably has cinematic talent.
  6. 50
    Troche's tone is so relentlessly, depressingly monotonous that the characters seem trapped in a narrow emotional range. They live out their miserable lives in one lachrymose sequence after another, and for us there is no relief.
  7. 40
    Though agile edits keep things moving, in braiding several tales into one tight suburban tangle, character development takes more shortcuts than "Short Cuts."
  8. Although it has moments of charm and poignancy -- this is one of Glenn Close's best hours -- the scheme and scope of the movie are just too darned obvious.

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