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Safe Haven

Thriller . Drama . Romance

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Actors: Irene Ziegler , Tora Hallström , Mike Pniewski , David Lyons , Cobie Smulders , Tim Parati , Jon Kohler , Josh Duhamel , Julianne Hough
Directors: Lasse Hallström
Country: USA
Release: 2013-02-14
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  • Connie Ogle

    A sentimental romantic thriller. But it’s a well-made sentimental romantic thriller, and that makes all the difference.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen" and "Chocolat" man Hallström is an old pro at navigating this kind of undemandingly dramatic yarn and does a pretty fine job with Sparks' story.

    Empire Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Safe Haven offers an unsurprising but not unsatisfying tour through recognizable Sparkville terrain.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Safe Haven is a species of Gothic chick flick.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    This one blends the scented candles of a daytime soap with the tamer aspects of a middling thriller. Some folks will bring Kleenex. Others will need NoDoz.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    The man (Sparks) is a cultural magpie, capable of borrowing from a 1991 Julia Roberts flick and M. Night Shyamalan in one fell swoop. He’ll never get an award for originality, but when it comes to rehashing formula and pleasing his audience, the man is a master.

    Time Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Not one of Sparks' best flicks (The Notebook is quite good) Safe Haven is marred by film cliches. It has an alarming number of throwaway montage sequences.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Adapting the author’s cornball formula for a second time around is once-ambitious director Lasse Hallström (“Dear John”), who delivers a cinematic valentine you’ll be reasonably content to watch on a flight in a year or so.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The picture-postcard location of Southport, N.C., is the film's strong suit.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Hallstrom (“Chocolat”) makes the mishmash palatable, and romance mainstay Duhamel provides some sweet-and-salty charm, but there’s not much they can do with Sparks’ canned dialogue and Hough’s undercooked acting.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    It's Valentine's Day! Unrealistic romantic expectations are in the air! And Safe Haven does the unrealistic romance thing pretty well.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    A thriller element that has not been present in earlier Sparks movies is designed to draw reluctant male viewers to see the picture, but they won’t respond with the same enthusiasm as his core audience of woozy romantics.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Hallestrom and his screenwriters may be stuck with Sparks’ formula, but they take advantage of the geography, the leads and a couple of homespun supporting players – Robin Mullens is a wonderfully folksy owner of the seaside seafood shack.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I like Duhamel, and in her first straight-up dramatic role Hough does well enough, though her singing and/dancing career thus far has trained her to oversell, as opposed to sell, as opposed to act naturally.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Reading a Sparks novel allows one's imagination to enter the equation. Watching one of his stories adapted on screen has exactly the opposite effect: it neuters the imagination. This is soap opera, pure and simple.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Emma Dibdin

    By the numbers even by Sparks’ standards.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The movie’s not all bad. There’s palpable chemistry between Duhamel and Hough. The former particularly seems well-suited to this sort of thing: He has just the right amount of grizzled charm to be one of those wounded hunks Sparks likes so much.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Any residual charm evaporates when the third-act dramatics start piling up and a must-be-seen-to-be-believed final twist redefines the word shameless, even by Sparksville standards.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Miriam Bale

    Duhamel is goofy and harmless, but unlike Ryan Gosling in “Notebook,” adds no texture or subtlety. Hough (“Footloose”), while photogenic, is similarly bland.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Safe Haven plays out less like a love story than it does a two-hour audition tape Julianne Hough commissioned to land a lucrative lip-gloss-modeling contract.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    It’s hard to argue with the title here – Safe Haven, indeed. This is all about safety in the Hollywood workplace. Why make a movie when making a Hallmark-card-with-dialogue is so much less risky?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    A movie that passably ambles along in generic-melodrama mode before finally insulting audience intelligence one time too many.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    If it can be said movies have personalities, I give you three words to sum up the basic core identity of Safe Haven: Bat. Bleep. Crazy.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Safe Haven is one of those Valentine’s Day confections that satisfy your sweet tooth until you get to their weird, off-putting center. The problem with movies is that you can’t put them back in the box.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    The cutaways to this cop-on-the-edge plot are jarring and lacking in conviction, and when the whole tortured mess comes together in a twist-filled third act, Safe Haven becomes a full-blown calamity.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Hough emits all the charisma of a personal assistant.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The leads project a sunny patina of wholesomeness and share marvelous tans, but beyond that, it’s a shrugging love match.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The weakest parts of Safe Haven are its action sequences, in which the illusion of reality is shattered by ham-handed editing, garish special effects and comic-book dialogue.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    Even when compared against other films that have been adapted from Nicholas Sparks novels, Safe Haven is terrible. Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    As ever with a Sparks story, the action takes place in a sugary vision of small-town America that does not correspond with the real world at any point.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    This sloppy sentimental journey is long on beauty shots, short on depth and seriously intent on tugging your heartstrings. Indeed, it demands you reach for those tissues. Sob.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    It goes without saying that Safe Haven is the whitest thing offered up for public consumption in the three days since Mumford & Sons won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    I hate Safe Haven. It's a terrible thing to do to your Valentine.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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