Safe Haven
Safe Haven (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Schmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, Safe Haven also suffers from a ludicrous plot twist, making for a particularly ignominious Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

Wesley Morris

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Plods along with dialogue just above the level of crayon scribblings, and the direction by the usually reliable Lasse Hallström is dismayingly sluggish.

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Stephen Silver

All the usual romance and idyllic locations-and-vengeful-violent-ex-husband, up until the weirdest, most out-of-nowhere plot twist ever.

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

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.

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Amy Nicholson

Their love story has a mellow ease -- as neither of them has much of a personality, we're just watching two swell people decide to bone

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James Luxford
The National

few will leave the cinema feeling they've seen something original or affecting

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

[The] final reel ... descends into the Vortex of Bonkers, delivering fits of unexpected laughter.

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Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Travis Hopson

While a predictable chick flick, Safe Haven is never dull. It's not particularly good, either.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
You know it when you find it. Very Good Film! The whole film seemed so natural that there was an obvious, stark contrast to the drama and thriller aspect in… More
KJ Proulx
This newest entry in the Nicholas Sparks books-turned-movies is probably one of the better sappy romances to have been released in the past few years, but that… More
Cynthia S.
Josh have my heart. This was just wonderful. Sweet. Funny. Complete, and utter chick flick happiness....oh, and what an ending. I had no idea.… More
Julie B
Wow. This was seriously ridiculous, even for a Nicholas Sparks movie. But on a plane, no one can hear you cackle.
Nate Zoebl
For a solid two acts, I couldn't hate Safe Haven, the latest in the bland, paint-by-numbers coastal romances based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. It was… More
Everett Johnson
*1/2 "Safe Haven" is the latest Nicolas Sparks adaptation, and stars Julliene Hough. She's a woman on the run from her husband, when she comes… More