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33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 10 out of 27

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  1. Yet another movie marketed with the line “From the author of The Notebook,” The Last Song is distinguished from other Nicholas Sparks adaptations because it’s the first screenplay the best-selling novelist has written himself.
  2. 50
    It’s not a great film, with some edge Sparks put in the novel left out of the script. But there’s real chemistry between the young lovers and an old fashioned virtue to the father-daughter, father-daughter’s boyfriend scenes.
  3. I can’t recall ever squirming as much as I did during Ronnie and Will’s first kiss; shiny, buff Hemsworth looks like he’s locking lips with an Andy Hardy–era Mickey Rooney in a wig.
  4. The movie so deftly mixes sentimentality, romance and bathos in just the right measures that her fans and maybe new ones will enjoy the new Miley.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    50
    A soapy meller that transitions the young pop star from the Disney Channel to the bigscreen while giving girls what they'd seem to want and nothing more.
  6. 50
    A more convincing star could make this a degree more tolerable, although in Cyrus’s defense not much more.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    All the obvious elements combine to manipulate the audience into a weepy time at the movies -- again.
  8. Most of this is blandly palatable, at least for the first half. Cyrus, though she seldom strays from her two primary modes, pouting rebel or toothy girlfriend, has a winning on-screen presence, if only for her enjoyably abrasive edge in this deep well of pathos.
  9. The Last Song is primarily for teenagers looking for something disposable to cry about for a couple of hours, though I did find it a tad easier to take than "Dear John."
  10. 50
    Hews closely enough to the Sparks pattern of romance and bathos that tears will flow as copiously in the audience as they do on screen.
  11. Takes a sharp turn for the better when Ronnie and a poor big rich boy played by Liam Hemsworth fall in love.
  12. Maybe Douglas Sirk could have made something profound out of the pseudo-ennobling horsepucky. As is, The Last Song is what the crinkle-nosed Southern belle in all of us would resoundingly deem “Trash! Trash! Trash!”
  13. So who was the movie really made for? Mostly, it seems, for Cyrus herself, who needed to take the first, hesitant step in another direction.
  14. One of those maudlin romantic melodramas you just can't warn folks off.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. Dec 30, 2011
    1
    The Last Song was supposed to be an actually good Nicholas Sparks film, but Miley Cyrus's just awful and ugly performance ruins the story'sThe Last Song was supposed to be an actually good Nicholas Sparks film, but Miley Cyrus's just awful and ugly performance ruins the story's potential and it ended up being way too sentimental for me. And it tries to make you cry too hard. I give this movie 8%. Full Review »
  2. May 15, 2015
    0
    Piece of crap. Miley Cyrus is one of the worst singers ever. Her and the other character make an awful couple. The storyline, plot,Piece of crap. Miley Cyrus is one of the worst singers ever. Her and the other character make an awful couple. The storyline, plot, characters, theme, setting, etc. are all complete garbage. Very crappy film. I get a feeling MCyrus likes JB or something. Watch Star Wars instead. Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2012
    10
    This movie is so good,I cried a lot,why do ppl don't like this just becuz of Miley?She's so kind and act really fine.Moreover,you all can'tThis movie is so good,I cried a lot,why do ppl don't like this just becuz of Miley?She's so kind and act really fine.Moreover,you all can't deny the successful achievement of the movie! Full Review »