Safe Haven Synopsis
A woman with a dark secret falls in love with a widowed father.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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This movie was romantic. funny & spontaneous, not including the amazing, beautiful town it took place in. I thought it was alittle slow throughout the middle of movie! However the chemistry between...

Pretty Darn Good.

By kfss
This movie brought to the screen beautiful scenery and its a great adaptation of the book. As with the recent movie "Jack Reacher", the adaptation to screen cleaned up the plot and unneeded...

Safe Haven

By angwatches
The movie was so good!! I experienced so many emotions watching this romantic mystery. The town it took place in was dreamy ,who wouldn't fall in love in a place like that? I would pay to go see this...

Best Movie so far based on any of Nicholas Sparks' book

By revmikemoore
Best movie I have seen in a while! I am not into romance movies that much, I took my wife to see this one as her Valentine's Day gift. We visit Southport, NC every two years for our summer vacation...

Great Love Story

By gina22784
I got to see the early screening of Safe Haven, and I enjoyed it very much. The Notebook is still my favorite NS movie, but this one comes very close. It makes a great date movie or a girls night out...

The Man Card Review

By derek802
Safe Haven works on many levels; mainly engaging the audience with the characters and getting you to feel the emotions of the story. There is an inherent sweetness in the script including a...

SAFE Haven a Great Date Movie

By michael_l_early
I thought this movie had everything it needs, a Chick Flick and action sapience all in one. I recommend it to everyone. No good for a bunch of high school or jr. high girls but adults who love...


By martin758
After having read the book, I knew I had to see the movie. All of Nicholas Sparks books and movies are winners. Julianne Hough is amazing. I fell in love with her on Dancing With The Stars and...

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By jpoppleton55
I really enjoyed the movie but my daughter who went with me said it was to slow for her. I quess everyone to their own likes....

Safe Haven

By weezy972
I cried. Everyone was crying when they left the theater. I had read the book before seeing the movie so I was aware of the characters and the change in plot to accommodate the movie but still a...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic material involving threatening behavior, and for violence and sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Predictable romantic drama deals with pretty heavy themes.
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