(2012)

Critic Reviews

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Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
The action is contained within a coherent dramatic structure and the puzzle-box paranoia of spy-agency protocol.
75
Safe House rockets along, taking a familiar formula and making it work - hard.
70
Though Safe House may be too violent and nihilistic for everyone's taste, it does have several crackerjack action sequences.
67
Compared with a superior potboiler like "Salt," which messed with your brain in entertainingly far-fetched ways, Safe House is action-movie porridge gussied up into a less-clever-than-it-seems mystery.
63
Safe House has two powerful performances at its core, a hectic plot, a huge body count and a mild sense of déjà vu amid the pulse-quickening tension.
50
Safe House is a sturdy enough thriller, but one that consistently defaults to the less interesting of its two lead characters.
50
Worse, Safe House asks us to believe that Ryan Reynolds can outclass Denzel Washington in the art of being a hard-ass. Not on this planet, baby.
50
Terse and understated, this is a spy vs. spy tale designed to minimize talk and maximize action, not at all a bad thing in movies but over-worked to near-exhaustion here.
40
Safe House devolves into unexciting action scenes that feel left over from the "Bourne" flicks and are peopled with cloak-and-dagger stereotypes.
40
It was only a matter of time before someone made a Tony Scott movie without Tony Scott.
40
Safe House is a twisted claw of a movie, a picture so visually ugly that, to borrow a line from Moms Mabley, it hurt my feelings.
25
Safe House is an idea for a movie. It's a few blustery gestures in the direction of a story, with five good actors doing their best, trying to hold up the barest frame of an idea, while investing the surrounding emptiness with all the truth they can muster.

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