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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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Jul 2, 2015
    10
    The Longest Ride is an astonishing romance-drama movie directed by George Tillman Jr. and the source by the novel with the same name from theThe Longest Ride is an astonishing romance-drama movie directed by George Tillman Jr. and the source by the novel with the same name from the famous author Nicholas Spark.
    Now this movie succeeds at everything that most of romance movie fail at.First off it does have a good lesson about life and making the right choice,something that stays with you forever.Also the acting is great especially by Britt Robertson who does such an amazing job here,and her chemistry with Scott Eastwood makes this movie even greater.A true heartfelt romance during the whole movie and I also love the way that the two stories connect and make sense.Ira and Ruth have had a life together and have enjoyed it for many years,and everyone should take notes right out of it because living a life with someone you love is better than anything else.
    I really loved this movie,by far the best romance movie ever in my opinion.Go see it if you haven't yet because it's worth it.
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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Apr 10, 2015
    5
    When watching this movie it had a good beginning (and that's kinda of odd since this a Nicholas Spark adaptation). But how many times isWhen watching this movie it had a good beginning (and that's kinda of odd since this a Nicholas Spark adaptation). But how many times is Sparks going to use the same formula that he writes books and same films? despite that Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood (Clint Eastwood's son which do not know why in this movie.), give some decent performances. So far i was blown away by the storytelling but here's the problem, the script is convoluted the stereotype girl cliche's just don't film work. Alan Alda performance only makes the film glorious and emotional. Positives:the film keeps the story going which makes the audience impressed and amazed. Number two: girls can cry their **** eyes out and enjoy it. It was boring sometimes. Grade B+ Expand
  6. Apr 12, 2015
    3
    Romance chato e fraco, feito para adolescente, uma enorme perda de tempo para se assistir, falta um pouco mais de tempero na história paraRomance chato e fraco, feito para adolescente, uma enorme perda de tempo para se assistir, falta um pouco mais de tempero na história para ficar mais intrigante. Expand
  7. Apr 12, 2015
    0
    The Longest Ride is another UN-NICHOLAS SPARKS romance, even though it is cascaded as one. Just like The Best Of Me. This movie is just TheThe Longest Ride is another UN-NICHOLAS SPARKS romance, even though it is cascaded as one. Just like The Best Of Me. This movie is just The Best Of Me, with Cowboys, ranches and rodeos. It starts comforting, and girly, with Scott Eastwood's Luke seeing Brit Robinson and falls in love with her. But this romance turns into a bore fest for 2 hours. The director didn't need to stretch the movie that long, just because he can throw in a war sequence. The whole movie is a mess, Eastwood and Robinson are lifeless and the direction is horrible. I think The Longest Ride and The Best Of Me are both on my worst romantic Sparks movies ever made list. Expand

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