Safe Haven
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An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman's struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie whose punch line is so delightfully absurd that even after you pretty much know what's coming you spit out your Pepsi anyway."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Plods along with dialogue just above the level of crayon scribblings, and the direction by the usually reliable Lasse Hallström is dismayingly sluggish."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"All the usual romance and idyllic locations-and-vengeful-violent-ex-husband, up until the weirdest, most out-of-nowhere plot twist ever."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"...the feel-good finale is unable to pack the emotional punch that Hallstrom is obviously striving for..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Sparks' field may be fertile, but it's also rich in manure."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Keeping up with the movie's inane plot twists makes for a capricious good time, but an unimaginative denouement turns the whole thing into a fool's errand."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"It's as though the filmmakers lacked the confidence to stick with the basic story, which served every element needed in a Sparks-infused guilty pleasure."
‑ Michael Granberry, Dallas Morning News
"few will leave the cinema feeling they've seen something original or affecting"
‑ James Luxford, The National
"A wholly inert lump of by-the-numbers syrup that's as boring as it is pointless."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Twitch
"Expect to gag early and often, and consider breaking up with anyone who forces you to sit through this."
‑ Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine
"[The] final reel ... descends into the Vortex of Bonkers, delivering fits of unexpected laughter."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"We genuinely like watching Hough and Duhamel circling around one another, and the movie has a nice sense of place. That all eventually vanishes with a doozy of a third act."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"While a predictable chick flick, Safe Haven is never dull. It's not particularly good, either."
‑ Travis Hopson,
"This latest Sparks adaptation should please audiences seeking wish-fulfillment romantic fantasy; the new love depicted here is so pure and true it even receives supernatural endorsement."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A bland love story that features a twist that feels more like a dupe."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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