Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Surprise surprise. The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven is almost exactly as bad as his previous batch of films. Only this time director Lasse Hallström drops a “twist” ending on us that just might take the cake for dumbest scene of 2013. Safe Haven is mostly a beat-for-beat remake of Sparks’ most successful (and best film adaptation) The Notebook, but with less convincing acting by the mostly talentless Josh Duhamel and the sort of lifeless Julianne Hough. Together the two make for a typical cookie-cutter couple that will test your patience from the very first second they make eye contact."