The film's super-saturated look and quick cutting are mere substitutes for any real sense of intrigue.
-Bruce DionesFull Review
This is a naive director with so little insight you wonder what comic books he's been reading.
-Rex ReedFull Review
I won't deny that the movie hooked me with sheer brute energy and dragged me along with it most of the way.
-Colin CovertFull Review
Nothing really new here, but the cast is first-rate.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
"Safe House" has just enough bone density to emit some satisfying cracks and pops whenever the action gets going.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
Whatever its flaws, the film gives you no chance to get bored.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
"Safe House" is a safe bet if you're in the market for a conspiracy-driven action drama. There are times you wish it wasn't quite so safe, but it does deliver the bang for your bucks.
-Tom LongFull Review
As fun as the movie occasionally is, it can't make its own drama convincing, much less give Reynolds the nudge he needs toward Matt Damon-ville.
-John DeForeFull Review
"Safe House" may strike you as a brilliant movie, provided you've seen fewer than, say, 10 spy thrillers. I've seen more than 10 spy thrillers.
-Kyle SmithFull Review
A movie with a double-crossing intelligence plot that's so generic it's an irritating intrusion in a lively chase through the streets and shantytowns of Cape Town, South Africa.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
It's pretty good.
-Chris VognarFull Review
"Safe House" is an idea for a movie.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
Washington's Tobin is a pedantic cipher and Reynolds' Weston a dull Dudley Do-Right, and the resulting mix, apart from a few good chases, is bland enough to bottle for Gerber's.
-Peter HowellFull Review
"Safe House" is a sturdy enough thriller, but one that consistently defaults to the less interesting of its two lead characters.
-John AndersonFull Review
It ... shows how much can be done with a business-as-usual CIA-thriller script when it's bolstered by effective acting and expert direction.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
Excellent performances from both Washington and Reynolds can't can't save Safe House from its boilerplate-thriller bones.
-Ian BuckwalterFull Review
Safe House is a bracing action thriller made all the more watchable because of its two lead performances.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Safe House plows through its familiar twists with efficient brio and a distinguished supporting cast.
-Richard CorlissFull Review
If Denzel Washington isn't the coolest dude out there, I don't know who is.
-Steven ReaFull Review
The ethical breaches and double-agent stuff have no sting. So many people are risking and giving their lives, and we barely care.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
[Reynolds] still doesn't quite match up with Washington. And while that doesn't sink Safe House, it certainly makes it a little less of a ride than it might have been.
-Glenn KennyFull Review
"Safe House" devolves into unexciting action scenes that feel left over from the "Bourne" flicks and are peopled with cloak-and-dagger stereotypes.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
A viciously energetic South Africa-set actioner that makes up in sweaty atmosphere and brute force what it lacks in surprise.
-Justin ChangFull Review
"Safe House" is essentially and very effectively a rollicking smash-and-crash chase movie that happens to be surprisingly well acted.
-Manohla DargisFull Review
Even at its most frantic and mechanical, the movie relies on Washington to provide a visual anchor, some sociopathic calm amid the storm.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
Too often Washington is made to simply sit and observe -- which is not a fatal mistake because he is such a good actor that even then he's worth watching.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
In the midst of "Safe House's" predictable mayhem and unoriginal plotting, Washington is fun to watch as he outsmarts everyone again and again.
-Soren AndersonFull Review
Ultimately, "Safe House" reveals itself to be more interested in bombastic, bloody thrills than provocative, analytical thought.
-Christy LemireFull Review
It's plain most of the well-known players are on hand for purposes of refreshing their bank accounts.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
The movie, as if on an action time clock, punches in the standard set pieces: bloody fights, clattering shoot-outs, an escape through a packed soccer stadium. Some of this stuff is well-done, and some of it has been done a lot better.
-Owen GleibermanFull Review