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Safe Haven (2013)



Critic Consensus: Schmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, Safe Haven also suffers from a ludicrous plot twist, making for a particularly ignominious Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

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An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman's struggle to love again, Safe Haven is based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.

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Julianne Hough
as Katie Feldman
David Lyons
as Katie Feldman
Irene Ziegler
as Mrs. Feldman
Jon Kohler
as Bus Station Clerk
Tim Parati
as Bus Station Worker
Giulia Pagano
as Pushy Bus Woman
Juan C. Piedrahita
as Jr. Detective Ramirez
Red West
as Roger
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Critic Reviews for Safe Haven

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (51)

How long can writer Nicholas Sparks trade off his iconic blub-fest The Notebook?

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 3, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

March 7, 2013 | Full Review…

To this writer, it suggests one of those evasive US TV commercials for incontinence treatments or rheumatism therapies.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately Hough is not really up to the part and Duhamel isn't much better than a nice-looking block of wood.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As ever with a Sparks story, the action takes place in a sugary vision of small-town America that does not correspond with the real world at any point.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Safe Haven


Save Haven is a normal Nicholas Sparks movie - damaged girl finding love with a good looking widower - even in the face of the corrupt cop ex-husband hunting her. I didn't like the last five minutes of the movie - too much Stephen-King-like.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


An abused wife flees her sadistic cop-husband and learns to love again with a widower and his kids in what could be a Lifetime movie - complete with big twist ending! - save for the big name actors and director. Julianne Hough shows incredible vibrancy and emotional range out on the dance floor, but in summoning bodily restraint for a film role, she becomes a personality vacuum. Josh Duhamel seems at home enough as the hunky and jovial single dad, and David Lyons really creeps it up as the corrupt and deranged abuser, hot on his wife's trail. The movie is heavy on the folksy charm of a seaside tourist town and only skin-deep with the abuse recovery, but it's still guiltily watchable.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


You know it when you find it. Very Good Film! The whole film seemed so natural that there was an obvious, stark contrast to the drama and thriller aspect in the end. The script was given a twist, and I sat through most of the film not quiet sure what was going to happen next, it definitely kept me intrigued, although I found it a little slow at a few points, i still walked away liking the film as a whole. I highly recommend it and would go so far as to say it's a must see! Of course the romantic comedy fans will eat it up, but the men who are dragged along might enjoy it more than they think! A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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