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Safe Haven Reviews

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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.
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 26, 2013
[The] final reel ... descends into the Vortex of Bonkers, delivering fits of unexpected laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 20, 2013
Plods along with dialogue just above the level of crayon scribblings, and the direction by the usually reliable Lasse Hallström is dismayingly sluggish.
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Amy Nicholson
Birth.Movies.Death.
February 15, 2013
Their love story has a mellow ease -- as neither of them has much of a personality, we're just watching two swell people decide to bone
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Granberry
Dallas Morning News
February 14, 2013
It's as though the filmmakers lacked the confidence to stick with the basic story, which served every element needed in a Sparks-infused guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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.
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Kate Erbland
MSN Movies
February 14, 2013
On its own merits, Safe Haven is about as satisfying and filling as a Valentine's Day conversation heart, with far less to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 14, 2013
The latest Nicholas Sparks-derived weepfest, Safe Haven, is being marketed as a Valentine's Day special, but the plot line is closer to a stalker thriller. It's sudsy-scary. It's also not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
February 14, 2013
Hough doesn't stand a chance against shoddy pacing, horrific editing, and plot direction disastrous enough to make your toes curl.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 14, 2013
Hough emits all the charisma of a personal assistant ...
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 14, 2013
I hate Safe Haven. It's a terrible thing to do to your Valentine.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 14, 2013
Why make a movie when making a Hallmark-card-with-dialogue is so much less risky?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
February 14, 2013
Apologies to Hallstrom, but an adaptation of a Sparks novel always ends up being a Sparks movie.
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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
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 14, 2013
Like its equally weepy predecessors, it's a pretty-looking, wonderfully facile bit of emotional froth that's likely to clean up at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 14, 2013
"Safe Haven" is one of those Valentine's Day confections that satisfy your sweet tooth until you get to their weird, off-putting center.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 14, 2013
There's some theoretical appeal to the story of two emotionally damaged people learning to love again -- "theoretical" because the film needs better actors than Hough and Duhamel, and richer conversation than a shared enthusiasm for kale.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
February 14, 2013
The best thing that can be said about "Safe Haven" is there is a cute romance in there somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
February 14, 2013
A cinematic valentine you'll be reasonably content to watch on a flight in a year or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 13, 2013
This is such stuff as paperback-rack and February multiplex dreams are made on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2013
Long on beauty shots, short on depth and seriously intent on tugging your heartstrings. Indeed, it demands you reach for those tissues. Sob.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 13, 2013
Safe Haven may not be the most dangerous place to spend Valentine's Day - but it's hardly a worthwhile romantic choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Miriam Bale
New York Daily News
February 13, 2013
The problem is that most of the pieces to the shoddy puzzle ultimately don't fit, making things less believable and successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 13, 2013
"Safe Haven" is passably engaging and almost works as a proper thriller. Then -- wham! Sparks throws that schmaltz pie right in your kisser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 13, 2013
The climactic inferno, which explodes whatever credibility the movie built up, is immediately followed by a cheap, out-of-the-blue supernatural twist. The equivalent of a forged signature, it attests to the movie's essential falsity.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
February 13, 2013
Safe Haven offers an unsurprising but not unsatisfying tour through recognizable Sparkville terrain.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
February 13, 2013
Routine romantic thriller lacks acting and directing flair.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 13, 2013
The Nicholas Sparks universe finally gets the crime thriller it deserves, an erratic amalgam of mush and mystery, with an 11th-hour dose of supernatural visitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 13, 2013
Hallström's understated approach clashes with the blunt-force drama of the Sparks story line, which is definitely a matter of taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 13, 2013
Hallstrom 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.
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
February 13, 2013
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
February 13, 2013
A movie that passably ambles along in generic-melodrama mode before finally insulting audience intelligence one time too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 13, 2013
It's trash - entertaining and escapist, perhaps - but trash nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 13, 2013
Another Nicholas Sparks-penned romantic potboiler about commitment-shy, G-rated lovers who find romance, overcoming dark secrets and unhappy pasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 13, 2013
Very little in this movie makes any sense, even as glossy Valentine's Day fare.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
February 13, 2013
Either the filmmakers were out of their minds, or they must think we're out of our minds to buy into this schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4