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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 29
  2. Negative: 17 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Apr 9, 2015
    60
    "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.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 9, 2015
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 10, 2015
    50
    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.
  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: 3 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 5 out of 8
  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 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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  3. Apr 10, 2015
    6
    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
  4. 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
  5. Apr 10, 2015
    1
    It is boring. A total demonstration of desperation. The film sucks, the only thing I liked about it was Brittany Robertson. That's it.

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    It is boring. A total demonstration of desperation. The film sucks, the only thing I liked about it was Brittany Robertson. That's it.

    This adaptation of Nicholas's Sparks novel is as dumb and lacking of good dialogue and character development as the others. I think that the cast's performances were fake and bad. I think that choosing Birttany Robertson and Scott Eastwood as lead was a mistake.

    I can't believe that Clint Eastwood's son was involved in this garbage and waste of time film.

    To sum up, The Longest Ride lacks of a good score, good dialogue, a good screenplay, a good production design and a good plot. It cannot be catalogued as a romance, sports film or even comedy. It is a total cliche. Completely deserving of a Razzie for Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Actor, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director. It sucked. Collapse
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  6. 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
  7. Apr 20, 2015
    0
    The Longest Ride On His Dlck! Stupid ass movie, it's like watching the notebook except on horses! This is just getting sad, tedious andThe Longest Ride On His Dlck! Stupid ass movie, it's like watching the notebook except on horses! This is just getting sad, tedious and repetitive as hell! Expand

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