Safe Haven

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Safe Haven
Nicholas Sparks strikes again. When a mysterious young woman appears in a small North Carolina town, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, she seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor. Despite her reservations, she slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community. But even as she begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her ... a past that set her on the fearful, shattering journey across the country, to her current sheltered oasis.

No persons under 16 (Sex, Violence).
Detective/Mystery, Drama, Romance, Thriller.
Almost a family.
Almost a family.

Credits

Cast
Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, Noah Lomax, Mimi Kirkland
Director
Lasse Hallström
ScreenplayLeslie Bohem, Dana Stevens, from the novel by Nicholas Sparks
MusicDeborah Lurie
CinematographyTerry Stacey
EditingAndrew Mondshein
Sound formats
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2013
Produced byRelativity Media, Temple Hill Entertainment, Nicholas Sparks Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageBrief with low impact
NudityNone
SexModerate impact
ViolenceStrong impact, domestic violence
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseSubstance abuse, moderate impact
CommentsThe woman runs away from her abusive husband to a distant town. The husband, who is a cop, uses state resources to track her down. When the cop is discovered he unofficially pursues her leading to tragic consequences.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
4
Profanity
3
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
3
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
1
Topics to talk about
5


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Times
Stephen Farber quote iconTwist shows no one is safe from plot devices.
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThe film isn't awful but it's tiresome in its relentless lack of originality. Sadly, that's precisely the quality that will draw 90% of its audience into theaters.
10
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconHow much do I hate this movie? Let me count the ways.
0
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconSimply put, if you like the sort of romance, danger and, yes, death that routinely occurs in adaptations of Sparks' novels, this might be right up your cinematic alley. On the other hand, if you can't stand the melodrama, predictability and such that also usually populates those works, you might experience some sort of gag reflex.
8
Metacritic.com
33 critics
7
Rottentomatoes critics
130 critics
8
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconSchmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, Safe Haven also suffers from a ludicrous plot twist, making for a particularly ignominious Nicholas Sparks adaptation.
3
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
9
Movie Review Intelligence
38 critics
7

What the People say

Internet
9367 Netizens quote iconA real surprise and touching ending to this romantic thriller
13

Average .. 38%

8

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