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February 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Even Safe Haven’s positive reviews contain negative comments that seem to offset all of the favorable ones that have come before it. A. O. Scott in the New York Times has mostly pleasant things to say about the film (“It’s like drawing a scented bath. The first spritz from the faucet may be scalding, but once you adjust the temperature, you can settle into a warm and caressing soup and dream the impossible dream”) but then concludes, “The weakest parts of Safe Haven are its action sequences, in which the illusion of reality is shattered by ham-handed editing, garish special effects and comic-book dialogue.” That dialogue ends with the male lead, played by Josh Duhamel remarking to female lead Julianne Hough, “You don’t have to be scared. I love you.” Comments Sara Stewart in the New York Post: “It’s a sentiment that should go well with drugstore candy, red roses and Hallmark cards.” Similarly Rick Groen in the Toronto Globe and Mail remarks, “This is all about safety in the Hollywood workplace. Why make a movie when making a Hallmark-card-with-dialogue is so much less risky?” Indeed, most critics are clearly a cold, unsentimental lot when it comes to the film. Betsy Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times writes that “this sloppy sentimental journey is long on beauty shots, short on depth and seriously intent on tugging your heartstrings. Indeed, it demands you reach for those tissues. Sob.” And Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post likens it to “one of those Valentine’s Day confections that satisfy your sweet tooth until you get to their weird, off-putting center.”