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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A noble attempt that doesn't hang together. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The interwoven stories are haunting, but also darkly funny. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Eloquently adapted from the collection of A.M. Homes stories of the same title, Troche's film derives its voltage from the way it burrows to find that the connections within -- and among -- families are very much alive. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Troche is most interested in exploring the secret lives hidden inside freshly painted Colonials, and what she finds is that everyone's secret is exactly the same: a crushing inability to connect with the people closest to them. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Presented with such confidence, such care, that we love all of the characters, even if we don't like them. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The Safety of Objects doesn't carry the power of Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm," a similarly themed work about WASPS in crisis. Objects is too artificial, clunky with too many preposterous situations. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The film leaves you dissatisfied, as though you'd just spent two hours with a menagerie of plastic white people. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Not a complete waste of time, but it doesn't make us FEEL the way better dramas do, and, in the end, it lacks the qualities that would make it memorable or powerful. show more

  • 63
    Ray Conlogue The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's a movie located in an interesting place, but without quite enough self-confidence really to inhabit it. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

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