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The Longest Ride

Romance . Drama

The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he's trapped in an automobile crash.

Actors: Scott Eastwood , Britt Robertson , Lolita Davidovich , Melissa Benoist , Jack Huston , Oona Chaplin , Alan Alda , Amy Parrish , Elea Oberon , Kate Forbes
Directors: George Tillman Jr.
Country: USA
Release: 2015-04-10
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  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    "I didn't hate it" isn't a high watermark for praise, but when it comes to most Sparks adaptations, it's practically as good as winning an Oscar.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    A good romance can make us endure an implausible plot as long as the leads have heat. Luke and Sophia's connection feels true. Who cares about the mechanics? By the time The Longest Ride runs right off a cliff, we're already strapped in to the passenger seat. Give in and enjoy the plunge.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Overall, The Longest Ride feels cloying and contrived; the only time it’s unpredictable is when the plot takes a turn so utterly unbelievable that, admittedly, no one would see it coming.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The Longest Ride is actually one of the more competent Sparks films in some years — a far cry from the creaky noir of "Safe Haven," the awkwardly backloaded melodrama of "The Best of Me," or the phony brooding of "The Lucky One." It goes down smoothly, if blandly, like an air-flavored milkshake.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Everything in the movie is suffused by a vision of life that is resoundingly and evidently false, but as this vision is not repulsive, but is intended to reassure, the lies don’t produce anger or frustration. No, they bring on the laughs.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Coming down too hard on this load of schmaltz — as I said when reviewing my first Sparks adaptation back in 2002 — feels like taking a baseball bat to a sack full of newborn kittens.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Even when Eastwood and Robertson, pleasant enough company, threaten to float off the screen, The Longest Ride glides along and delivers its reheated comfort food by the ton.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Longest Ride” treats us to a twist that’s so ridiculous I think we’re almost supposed to laugh. It’s not quite on the “Are you KIDDING ME!?” level of awfulness as the big reveal in “Safe Haven,” but it’s close. It’s close.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Despite undermining its own better qualities, The Longest Ride still qualifies as one of the best Sparks films by virtue of not including any love-ghosts or destructive misinformation about how Alzheimer’s works.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It would not surprise me if most reviews for this film are openly hostile. It is a wretched piece of writing, and an absurd final product. It almost seems pointless to pile on, though. The audience who loves Sparks is going to go see this film and they'll no doubt walk away satisfied.

    HitFix Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Someone put together a listicle! That’s the kind of criticism this brand was made for.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Sparks has to rely on exterior plot machinations because his characters lack any inner life.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    As a romance, a drama, or even a sports movie, The Longest Ride never reaches a satisfying destination.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    The two-hour-plus “Ride,” No. 10 in the series, at least offers a few intriguing new variations on the usual Sparks formula of pretty bland people falling in love against a backdrop of verdantly green landscapes most often located in coastal North Carolina. Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    It tries to bridge the gap between pop culture and cultural elitism, between high art and the common commodity that everyone else buys tickets to see. A worthy goal, but it results in a movie that has none of the virtues of either.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Slavishly follows the well-worn and soggy Sparks path.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Merely adding an older generation of lovers to a love story does not make your romance one for the ages. Doesn’t even make it "The Notebook."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The moment that first letter is opened and its trite, moony expressions of love and pointless (in a love letter) pages of exposition are narrated, the movie turns Sparks insipid.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    People don’t go to Sparks movies for subtlety; they go to warm their hearts by bearing witness to true love. Of course, that requires a story that rings true. In The Longest Ride, authenticity is in short supply.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The two-plus hours is mostly marked by an emptiness born of scene after scene designed to blatantly manipulate emotions rather than trigger them.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    There’s little here to convince the audience of boy and girl’s special chemistry, and nothing to attach the audience to them, either.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Just as the basic plot points are hard to swallow, even the most rudimentary aspects of the characters' interactions feel forced, artificial and unspontaneous.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The Longest Ride plays like cynical fan service to Sparks’ readers, who, it is assumed, will be content to sit back and enjoy a cheap tearjerker, no matter how mouldy its execution is.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Appealing performances by a trio of second- and third-generation Hollywood kids keep this three-hankie twaddle more bearable than it deserves.

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Eventful, polished, and knuckle-bitingly dull, the 10th film adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, combines fate, bull riding and some powerful Hollywood bloodlines among its young cast.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    There's little doubt where Cormac McCarthy-bashing Sparks's allegiances lie. The Longest Ride is truly no country for old ambiguity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    If this is your particular poison, it won’t kill you. But anyone averse to Sparks’ sappy touch may get sick from all the bull.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    This is the film’s grossest crime. It’s dumb, it’s long, it’s dull, but it isn’t quite bad enough to be camp.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    In the 1980 movie “Urban Cowboy,” John Travolta rode a mechanical bull. In The Longest Ride, Scott Eastwood rides real bulls, but everything else is mechanical.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Kat Halstead

    However contrived this tenth Sparks-to-screen becomes, the emotions and chemistry outweigh the bull.

    Empire Full Review
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