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Haven (2006)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 54

The plot's gratuitously nonlinear structure only ends up confusing viewers of this island thriller.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 20

The plot's gratuitously nonlinear structure only ends up confusing viewers of this island thriller.



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When a corrupt Miami businessman flees to the Cayman Islands with his daughter and a million dollars in dirty money, the resulting inferno threatens to consume father, daughter, and even a few unsuspecting innocents in a sun soaked crime drama starring Bill Paxton, Orlando Bloom, and Agnes Bruckner. Carl Ridley (Paxton) was desperate to escape the law when he boarded an airplane for the Cayman Islands, but as the heat starts to rise in paradise, he's about to realize that there are some fates


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Frank E. Flowers

Dec 26, 2006


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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (54) | DVD (11)

The goal seems to have been to create a multilayered thriller, but the senseless, verbose and convoluted saga never generates simple suspense, let alone tension.

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Bloom is the giant void at the center of the film, and his laughable histrionics pull Haven firmly into camp territory.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The presence in the ensemble of Orlando Bloom, who also serves as a producer, could be an initial enticement, but his performance is one of the weakest in a mixed bag.

September 23, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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An ineffective experiment about ugly things happening in a beautiful place.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's a muddled, disjointed and fairly undramatic film.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A long-shelved, watchable but mediocre Mobius strip of a thriller.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Writer/director Frank E. Flowers loses track of his own narrative puzzle that includes a story about a shady but rich Floridian (Bill Paxton) with an 18-year-old daughter (Agnes Bruckner %u2013 "Blue Car") escaping to Grand Cayman from the feds who want t

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What the film lacks in dramatic depth it makes up for in its visuals, which keep viewer attention even when the story drags.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
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The audience just has to work a little too hard to see through the bad editing to the Haven that lies beneath, no matter how interesting and promising that movie may be.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Flowers' manic style...leaves little room to consider what is actually going on beyond all the eye candy and sensory numbing.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

By the time this quasi Robert Altman-like meeting of unrelated characters happens -- and even if the viewer has kept track of all the characters -- it's hard to care about much of anything, other than knowing the film is nearly over.

October 16, 2006 Full Review Source:

[Director Frank E.] Flowers is clearly talented, with an eye for local color, but grasp of character and psychology is tenuous, and his roundabout, double-back structure quickly grows tiresome and annoying...

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A mess. Orlando Bloom had better get those Elves ears back on.

September 29, 2006 Full Review

Flowers's directorial debut is sometimes a little hard to follow, but shows genuine concern and hope for his native land.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

The tone is moody and bleak, the characters are petty jackasses, and Flowers' heavy-handed messages about colonialism are trite.

September 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

An extraordinary directorial debut that just may knock your socks off, or at least your flip-flops. ... Though Flowers may be accused of sensationalizing his subject, there's no denying his stunning cinematic flourishes.

September 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Likely to leave you scratching your head--not merely because the plot's so hard to follow but because you'll be wondering why anybody thought it was worth making.

September 25, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Lacking purpose or thoughtful complexity, Flowers' film is an overly ambitious mess.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[Director Frank] Flowers seems more interested in playing with narrative chronology than developing an emotionally and thematically coherent storyline populated by multi-dimensional characters.

September 23, 2006

Audience Reviews for Haven

Interesting - a little hard to get into, but worth it. A little too abrupt at the end though.
December 11, 2008

Super Reviewer

This really, really surprised I'm not quite fond of Orlando Bloom. However, this film is not just about's about so much more.

It's strange how such a paradise can such a prison.
August 4, 2008
Absolutely and a very first-rate, stylish, sexy thriller with an all-star cast on the idyllic shores of the Cayman Islands and my best one of three scenes on the same time starring Orlando Bloom as Shy. It's a tradition to Crash.
December 22, 2007
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