Safe Haven Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Top Critic
January 3, 2014

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.

Stephen Silver
December 26, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Travis Hopson
October 9, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 31, 2013

...the feel-good finale is unable to pack the emotional punch that Hallstrom is obviously striving for...

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
July 13, 2013

A wholly inert lump of by-the-numbers syrup that's as boring as it is pointless.

Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
July 5, 2013

It's sad to see a formerly-respected director like Hallström churning out such predictable material, while an audacious, smack-you-in-the-face climactic twist has to be seen to be believed.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 14, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013

Sparks' field may be fertile, but it's also rich in manure.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
May 7, 2013

Expect to gag early and often, and consider breaking up with anyone who forces you to sit through this.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 25, 2013

A bland love story that features a twist that feels more like a dupe.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2013

It's typical comfort food filmmaking and that's exactly what Safe Haven is: a mouthful of cotton candy. Empty, overly sweet, and likely to kill you from diabetes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
March 15, 2013

I don't know when has the sexy south has ever looked dry.

Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 14, 2013

Safe Haven may be predictable and formulaic, but Hallström gives the proceedings a cosy glow and there are a couple of twists before the end: one blindingly obvious, the other blindingly dumb.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 7, 2013

The surprise ending will probably cause you to regurgitate your popcorn.

Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 7, 2013

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.

Dave White
March 6, 2013 movie-cry meter is more often pushed into the red by war horses and estranged mixed martial arts brothers battling each other in common resentment of an alcoholic Nick Nolte than it is by revelatory love letters. Your mileage will vary.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alistair Harkness
March 3, 2013

It's beyond laughable ...

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 3, 2013

An almost unendurably sentimental tale ...

Rich Cline
March 1, 2013

Nicholas Sparks strikes again with yet another film based on a misty-eyed novel about tormented seaside romance in the romanticised American South.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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