Box art for Safe Haven

  Safe Haven

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

romance, thrillers


An affirming and suspenseful story about a young womans 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. 

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    12%
  • Audience Score
    68%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Violence
3 out of 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5

Predictable romantic drama deals with pretty heavy themes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Safe Haven (based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks) is a romantic, at times suspenseful drama that's heavy on cliches and formulaic plot twists and light on chemistry and inventiveness. While the romantic stuff is pretty tame for teens, save for one session in bed that reveals bare shoulders, the film does deal with heavy subjects such as death and spousal abuse. One character clearly has an alcohol problem (he's shown drinking while driving), which colors his decisions at work and at home. He also turns violent, resorting to guns and worse. There are also scenes with a destructive fire and a bloody knife, as well as some swearing ("s--t" is the worst of it).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Safe Haven portrays relationships. Parents, talk to your kids about the signs of unhealthy (and even abusive) relationships.
  • Is this a typical damsel-in-distress movie? If so, in which way? If not, how?
  • Discuss Katie's decision in the beginning of the movie: Did she have any other recourse?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    12%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Safe Haven reviews
  • Audience

    68%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The best thing that can be said about "Safe Haven" is there is a cute romance in there somewhere.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rotten: "Safe Haven" is one of those Valentine's Day confections that satisfy your sweet tooth until you get to their weird, off-putting center.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rotten: Long on beauty shots, short on depth and seriously intent on tugging your heartstrings. Indeed, it demands you reach for those tissues. Sob.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, February 13, 2013