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The Longest Ride (2015)

Country: USA

Genres: Drama, Romance

Director: George Tillman Jr.

Writers: Nicholas Sparks, Craig Bolotin

Stars: Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, ...

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

60 | 2015-06-16 | Kat Halstead

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

60 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Arizona Republic

60 | 2015-04-07 | 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.
Read More: Village Voice

58 | 2015-04-07 | 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.
Read More: TheWrap

50 | 2015-04-10 | 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.
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

50 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

50 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: New York Post

50 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

50 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

50 | 2015-04-08 | 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.
Read More: The A.V. Club

42 | 2015-04-07 | 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.
Read More: Hitfix

40 | 2015-04-09 | A.O. Scott

Someone put together a listicle! That’s the kind of criticism this brand was made for.
Read More: The New York Times

40 | 2015-04-09 | Scott Tobias

Sparks has to rely on exterior plot machinations because his characters lack any inner life.
Read More: The Dissolve

38 | 2015-04-10 | James Berardinelli

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

38 | 2015-04-10 | 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.
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38 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Boston Globe

38 | 2015-04-09 | Claudia Puig

Slavishly follows the well-worn and soggy Sparks path.
Read More: USA Today

38 | 2015-04-09 | 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."
Read More: Miami Herald

38 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Movie Nation

37 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Washington Post

30 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

30 | 2015-04-08 | 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.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

30 | 2015-04-06 | 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.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

30 | 2015-04-06 | 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.
Read More: Screen International

30 | 2015-04-06 | Scott Foundas

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

25 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

25 | 2015-04-09 | Eric Henderson

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

20 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: New York Daily News

20 | 2015-04-07 | 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.
Read More: The Guardian

10 | 2015-04-09 | 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.
Read More: Wall Street Journal