Safe Haven Reviews

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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.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
February 28, 2013
There's a good twist, the young leads are appealing and anyone who enjoys Sparks' sincere storytelling will enjoy it, even though it's overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 28, 2013
Watchable, beautifully shot and nicely paced Nicholas Sparks romance, enlivened by strong performances and a decent amount of chemistry between the two leads, though the script takes a nosedive into unintentionally hilarious territory in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
February 25, 2013
Hallström is an old pro at navigating this kind of undemandingly dramatic yarn and does a pretty fine job with Sparks' story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
February 22, 2013
This one is pure Nicolas Sparks and for his millions of fans that is more than enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
February 15, 2013
From author/producer Nicholas Sparks, the cornball master who gave this generation its Love Story with The Notebook, comes another full-bodied, four-course serving of perfectly prepared romantic mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nour Habib
Tulsa World
February 14, 2013
Don't let your mind ask questions when you're watching Safe Haven. You'll enjoy the movie better if you don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 14, 2013
We genuinely like watching Hough and Duhamel circling around one another, and the movie has a nice sense of place. That all eventually vanishes with a doozy of a third act.
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 14, 2013
Couples could do a lot worse on Valentine's Day than seeing this romantic drama which, although springing from the same author, is far less bathetic than the popular The Notebook.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 14, 2013
Lasse Hallstrom's new film does exactly what an adaptation should: It turns the original material's greatest flaws into assets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 14, 2013
The problem with the romantic "Safe Haven" isn't that it plays it safe, but that it plays it cheap. It's also about 10 minutes too long. And there's a final twist that, well, if you have any popcorn left by the scene, you'll want to throw it at the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
February 14, 2013
The novels by Nicholas Sparks' have finally been redeemed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 13, 2013
Sure, it's occasionally loopy, but also thoroughly suspenseful in spots and rather pleasant as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
February 13, 2013
Safe Haven offers an unsurprising but not unsatisfying tour through recognizable Sparkville terrain.
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
February 13, 2013
A great date movie
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
February 11, 2013
While all the emotionally manipulative factors are at play here, how does this end up one of Sparks' better screen adaptations?
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 10, 2013
While none of the elements of this Valentine Day release chick-flick are remarkable in themselves, in the gifted hands of director Lasse Hallström, there is definitely magic at work.
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
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
EntertainmentTell
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
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