• Released
  • February 14, 2013
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 55 min
  • Drama
  • 5,043 Fan Ratings

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
A sentimental romantic thriller. But it’s a well-made sentimental romantic thriller, and that makes all the difference.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
A thriller element that has not been present in earlier Sparks movies is designed to draw reluctant male viewers to see the picture, but they won’t respond with the same enthusiasm as his core audience of woozy romantics.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It's Valentine's Day! Unrealistic romantic expectations are in the air! And Safe Haven does the unrealistic romance thing pretty well.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
Not one of Sparks' best flicks (The Notebook is quite good) Safe Haven is marred by film cliches. It has an alarming number of throwaway montage sequences.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The picture-postcard location of Southport, N.C., is the film's strong suit.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
I like Duhamel, and in her first straight-up dramatic role Hough does well enough, though her singing and/dancing career thus far has trained her to oversell, as opposed to sell, as opposed to act naturally.
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Adapting the author’s cornball formula for a second time around is once-ambitious director Lasse Hallström (“Dear John”), who delivers a cinematic valentine you’ll be reasonably content to watch on a flight in a year or so.
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New York Daily News

Duhamel is goofy and harmless, but unlike Ryan Gosling in “Notebook,” adds no texture or subtlety. Hough (“Footloose”), while photogenic, is similarly bland.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
A movie that passably ambles along in generic-melodrama mode before finally insulting audience intelligence one time too many.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I hate Safe Haven. It's a terrible thing to do to your Valentine.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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