Box art for Safe Haven

  Safe Haven

romance, thrillers


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. 

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    12%
  • Audience Score
    68%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
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
Violence
3 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: 1
    see all Safe Haven reviews
  • Audience

    68%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: A cinematic valentine you'll be reasonably content to watch on a flight in a year or so.

- Sara Stewart, New York Post, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Safe Haven was as predictable as they come. But I still kind of liked it. I have really enjoyed a few of Nicolas Spark based movies. But this one just didn't hold as much depth as the others that I have enjoyed. I really like Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough is growing on me, but I thought together they were cute and believable. The story is tragic and sad. You feel for Katie and the awful situation she has found herself in. The story of Alex is sad as well and makes you feel even worse for his kids. Who, by the way, were adorable. It's not the best of films, but still one worth seeing. I would probably see it again."

- LWOODS04, Monday, May 13, 2013

4 stars

Josh Duhamel...you have my heart. This was just wonderful. Sweet. Funny. Complete, and utter chick flick happiness....oh, and what an ending. I had no idea. Good job...

- itsjustme2004, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

3 stars

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.

- MANUGINO, Friday, November 8, 2013