few will leave the cinema feeling they've seen something original or affecting
| Original Score: 2/5
While a predictable chick flick, Safe Haven is never dull. It's not particularly good, either.
...the feel-good finale is unable to pack the emotional punch that Hallstrom is obviously striving for...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A wholly inert lump of by-the-numbers syrup that's as boring as it is pointless.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Sparks' field may be fertile, but it's also rich in manure.
| Original Score: C
Expect to gag early and often, and consider breaking up with anyone who forces you to sit through this.
| Original Score: 1/4
A bland love story that features a twist that feels more like a dupe.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
I don't know when has the sexy south has ever looked dry.
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.
The surprise ending will probably cause you to regurgitate your popcorn.
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.
...my 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.
It's beyond laughable ...
| Original Score: 1/5
An almost unendurably sentimental tale ...
Nicholas Sparks strikes again with yet another film based on a misty-eyed novel about tormented seaside romance in the romanticised American South.
To this writer, it suggests one of those evasive US TV commercials for incontinence treatments or rheumatism therapies.
Unfortunately Hough is not really up to the part and Duhamel isn't much better than a nice-looking block of wood.