Safe (1995)

A suburban housewife suddenly finds herself "allergic to the 20th century," in this drama. Carol White is a typical upper-middle class suburban housewife. She lives with her husband and step-son in a lovely home in the San… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 23, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Safe's eerie social satire and somewhat sterile stylization is balanced by comedic undertones and an impressive, understated performance from Julianne Moore.

Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

Moore, in a nearly unplayable role, is amazingly vivid and touching; this is a heartbreaking portrait of a woman in full, panicked retreat from life.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

In a summer of heavyweight action movies and flyweight romantic comedies, I don't think you'll find a more provocative little number than Safe, which creeps under your skin like a rash.

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Jason Bailey

In many ways, 'Safe' predicts both the insular nature of contemporary society, and the (counter-intuitive) disease of conformity that's synonymous with it.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

You'd have to be cranky or blind to deny Haynes' artistry and vision. There's a dark power, a tremor that runs through the movie like the rumble of a secret dread.

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Todd McCarthy

The audaciousness that marked Todd Haynes' earlier work has been supplanted by self-important preachiness.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

For all its disquiet, Safe is truly about the terror of losing control-or, even more frightening, being made aware of the fact that we never had control to begin with.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This creepy art movie will stay with you.

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Time Out

The ironic handling of decor and characterisation builds an eerie portrait of the blissed-out West Coast bourgeoisie at their most brainwashed.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

Safe is brilliant for the way Haynes, with cinematographer Alex Nepomniaschy and composer Ed Tomney, blankets the mundane in the eerie tone of science fiction and horror.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Provoking look at how we struggle to deal with disease and mortality in our godless world. Relevant and frightening if perhaps a tad sluggish and studied.… More
Michael Gildea
With Safe, I'm sure there were some interesting things and comments going on but the extreme boredom I was overcome with while watching this movie killed… More
Dan Schultz
An intriguing, unsettling look at a nave, sheltered housewife (Julianne Moore) who becomes very sick, only to have her doctors tell her they have no idea what… More
Drew Smith
Burningly unique and very evocative. It may be a little bit overdone in its lingering, interminably long shots of Julianne Moore wandering restlessly with no… More
Stella Dallas
i'm pretty sure this is a horror film. it's creepy as hell. director todd haynes walks a tightrope here. we never know for sure whose side… More
Cameron Johnson
Huh, I reckon Sarah Palin really should have watched what she said about the environment, because here she is suffering the consequences of environmental… More

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