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  • Summary: Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke (Scott Eastwood), a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia (Britt Robertson), a college student who is about to embark uponBased on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke (Scott Eastwood), a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia (Britt Robertson), 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. [20th Century Fox] Expand

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 30
  2. Negative: 17 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Kat Halstead
    Jun 16, 2015
    60
    However contrived this tenth Sparks-to-screen becomes, the emotions and chemistry outweigh the bull.
  2. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Apr 7, 2015
    58
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 9, 2015
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 9, 2015
    38
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Apr 9, 2015
    38
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 8, 2015
    30
    There’s little here to convince the audience of boy and girl’s special chemistry, and nothing to attach the audience to them, either.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 9, 2015
    10
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Apr 12, 2015
    10
    It's a nice sappy movie, perfect for those of us who want the fairy tale ending instead of the real life ending we usually get. The parallelIt's a nice sappy movie, perfect for those of us who want the fairy tale ending instead of the real life ending we usually get. The parallel love stories didn't seem to match at all until the end when the true love lesson is learned. We did like the love story of the couple in the past better than the couple's story of the present. But whatever, love is love anyway couples have it. Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2015
    9
    Great film, & cast. I try too see a film a week, first time critic. Some of the best of films get unjust rating, this is for sure another one.Great film, & cast. I try too see a film a week, first time critic. Some of the best of films get unjust rating, this is for sure another one. Scott Eastwood, was the first time I've seen him act, Dad must be proud. Britt Robertson is on the go. Expand
  3. May 1, 2015
    7
    As most romantic movies, this is somewhat predictable at a certain point, but still pleasant. For those who enjoy romance and drama, this is aAs most romantic movies, this is somewhat predictable at a certain point, but still pleasant. For those who enjoy romance and drama, this is a really nice show that will bring you to tears. Expand
  4. Apr 10, 2015
    7
    I was born with, raised on and spent the first 20 years of my life living with, and believing, in Hollywood movies. I believed all young maleI was born with, raised on and spent the first 20 years of my life living with, and believing, in Hollywood movies. I believed all young male lovers were handsome (and hairless) and all young female lovers were pretty and both had beautiful, usually blue eyes. Their stories consisted of meeting, falling in love, having something come along to break them up and, most important of all, everyone lived happily ever after. I knew all older folks were played by first class character actors and everything took place in beautiful towns, cities, counties, States and countries.

    The difference between films of yesterday and those of today, like “The Longest Ride”, are that in today nude bodies and sex scenes are seen where in the past all were hidden by fireworks, drapes blowing in the wind, shower curtains, all indicating what was taking place and leaving it to the imagination. Oh yes, in the 1930s to the 1950s men’s chests were shaved clean.

    You will either hate or love “The Longest Ride” but you will know what you are seeing before you walk in as Nicholas Sparks books and movies follow a well tread formula. There is nothing new and you know from the moment Luke (Scott Eastwood) sees and hands his black cowboy hat to Sophia (Britt Robertson) what will happen. Here you get two love stories for the price of one because due to circumstances we also get to follow the love story of Ruth (Oona Chaplin) and Ira Levinson (Jack Houston 70 years ago and Alan Alda today) told in old Ira’s memories and letters he wrote every day to his wife.

    Just for the record Scott Eastwood is the son, and in my opinion, better looking than his dad Clint was at the same age, Jack Houston is the grandson of John and Oona is the granddaughter of Charlie and daughter of Geraldine.

    As in most movies logic has to be checked at the door and in this case whether the 1940s or 2000s it seems Black people don’t/didn’t exist in North Carolina and in each case of the couples both males and females are from different worlds but don’t really present a problem unless the plot requires it.

    There are cameos by Gloria Reuben (and, no, I am not contradicting my statement about Black people in North Carolina) and Lolita Davidovich, who are always welcome on the screen.

    The younger actors acquit themselves well though Jack Houston seems lacking personality while Alan Alda walks away with the acting honors. Scenes of the mountains, beaches and lakes of North Carolina are sometimes breathtaking.

    “The Longest Ride”, like Luke’s comfort food of mac ‘n cheese, is a comfort movie of yesterday.
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  5. Aug 17, 2015
    3
    The Longest Ride was one of my favourite Nicholas Sparks novels. It was extremely well written, coming together quite nicely at the end, itThe Longest Ride was one of my favourite Nicholas Sparks novels. It was extremely well written, coming together quite nicely at the end, it was a page turner and I was excited for the movie. However, I have never been more disappointed with the execution of a film like I have with this.

    The casting for Luke was spot on, but what they did with his character greatly hurt the charm of his character. That being said the casting for Sophia and her roommate Marcia was horrendous. Sophia was supposed to be a strong, smart character with some fire but Brit Robertson brought this ditzy, flimsy feel to the character that can quite easily turn one off of the character.

    I have always hated the liberties taken with Sparks' novels when they are being turned into films and cutting Brian out of the film completely and that whole subplot between him and Sophia also took away greatly from what made the novel interesting.

    For once, I would like a capable screenwriter to do a Nicholas Sparks novel justice.
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  6. Apr 12, 2015
    2
    Another inferior and joyless romance by has been critically acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks its always that his crappy scripts are still beAnother inferior and joyless romance by has been critically acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks its always that his crappy scripts are still be sold to hollywood another poorly directed flick with more god awful dialogue ad sucky plot depth Expand
  7. Oct 25, 2015
    0
    Utterly USELESS sappy and slightly racist melodrama:
    t's a great feat, but every Sparks movie is twice as worthless as the one preceding it.
    Utterly USELESS sappy and slightly racist melodrama:
    t's a great feat, but every Sparks movie is twice as worthless as the one preceding it.
    This was even more terrible than anything.
    It fully deserved the bland main characters: a weak and dime a dozen Eastwood, and the ever so cowardly Robertson.
    In "Ask me Anything" she already proved that she can do nude scenes without actually being nude, and here she doubles down on that.

    Utterly USELESS sappy and slightly racist melodrama.
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