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The Last Song (2010)

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Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 116
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 93

As shamelessly manipulative as any Nicholas Sparks production, The Last Song is done no favors by its miscast and overmatched star, Miley Cyrus.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 26

As shamelessly manipulative as any Nicholas Sparks production, The Last Song is done no favors by its miscast and overmatched star, Miley Cyrus.

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Based on best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks' forthcoming novel, "The Last Song" is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father gets a chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenaged daughter, who'd rather be home in New York. He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common -- music -- in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances.

PG,

Drama, Kids & Family, Romance

Nicholas Sparks, Jeff Van Wie

Aug 17, 2010

$42.4M

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All Critics (116) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (93) | DVD (3)

Here's the revelation: Miley Cyrus is a really interesting movie star in the making, with an intriguing echo-of-foghorn speaking voice, and a scuffed-up tomboyish physicality (in the Kristen Stewart mode) that sets her apart from daintier girls.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Anyone but Cyrus fans will find this one of the more inferior Sparks adaptations -- and yes, that includes Nights in Rodanthe.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's like Dante and Beatrice all over again, with the Georgia coast standing in for Paradise.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Comment (1)
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Sadly, without a single note of originality, Last Song is an awfully long and tiresome tune.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The movie moves Ms. Cyrus from where she was to more or less where she and her handlers wanted to be, and Mr. Kinnear's musician father, Steve, adds a generous measure of grace.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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So bad it makes The Notebook look like Casablanca.

April 1, 2010 | Comments (6)
Rolling Stone
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A predictable but sweet old-fashioned teen romance.

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Cyrus and Hemsworth... represent some kind of theoretical low for how terrible two romantic leads can be, together and separately.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's an entire season's worth of a teen soap opera crammed into a feature film.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

The latest in a growing number of weepy films based on Nicholas Sparks novels that don't come anywhere close to The Notebook.

August 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Views

This film is kind of a brilliant move on the part of the Cyrus Corporation.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

How do I find thee ridiculous, The Last Song? Let me count the ways...[Blu-ray]

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

As a vehicle to extend the Miley Cyrus $$$billion$$$ dollar phenomenon of pre-teen fandom into a young adult starlet of seventeen, no production value was denied. But it ain't this year's discovery!

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

A melodrama that's aimed at teen girls, but the cinematography and performances make it palatable for others as well--if you don't mind someone toying with your emotions.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel.com
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full review at Movies for the Masses

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

This is piano-key-tinkling melodrama that pulls out just about every cliché in the book.

July 4, 2010
Screenwize

An obvious bid for the teen queen to extend beyond her comfort zone only to then clearly show her limits and need for further development.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

As Nicholas Sparks adaptations go, this one's both endearingly join-the-dots and surprisingly un-crass.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Novelist Sparks turns screenwriter with this film, which combines his usual themes (beaches, grieving teens, cancer) as a vehicle for Cyrus to put her childhood career behind her. It's exactly what we expect, but it's also fairly watchable.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Peddles banal truisms ("Love is fragile, and we're not always the best caretakers!") as if they're freshly minted.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The Georgia locations are handsome and the people are pretty but any resemblance to real life is purely coincidental.

May 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Miley Cyrus makes a pathetic attempt to demonstrate her non-existent dramatic skills in this latest Nicholas Sparks-penned story.

May 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman | Comment (1)

The "last song"? In all conscience, that should really have been Billy Ray's Achy Breaky Heart in a brooding minor key. You'll feel the ache and hear the break.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Disney starlet Miley Cyrus becomes an early contender for worst actress of the decade in this painful attempt at a romantic tear-jerker.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

While it's quite watchable, The Last Song doesn't feel like a film that's been made so much as assembled from standard teen movie clichés.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Last Song

Ended up switching this off 40 minutes in. Miley just wasn't all that convincing here, (and I don't even hate her - true, I am not a fan of her music, but I was well prepared to give her a chance in a movie), and the other problem was the story is pretty bland and boring. I don't honestly think she had a lot to work with. I also really didn't like Liam Hemsworth. I know he is her real life boyfriend, but I don't think he has the star quality to be a romantic lead in a movie, and I think they made Miley look plain here too when actually she is quite a pretty girl usually.
I really don't tend to get into Nicholas Sparks's stories. I liked A Walk to Remember, but that seems to have been my limit with it.

Update 2014. Somehow I found myself sitting through this one again. Someone raved to me about how good it was, so I wondered if I missed something and caught it on tv. Actually with lowered expectations, it wasn't as painful as I remember, and yes, actually quite sad if you sit through till the end.
Still not saying I loved it, but original review was probably a bit harsh.
July 9, 2014
romy861

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There are two reasons this movie is going to be loved by every teenage girl in the world.
1. They think the main guy in this is hot.
2. The movie plays out the romance that they post about on Facebook, but they'll never get to experience.
In The Last Song Miley Cyrus spends time with her brother and dad on her father's beach house after their parent's divorce. She finds love and that's the story. The biggest problem with the movie right away is that Cyrus just isn't likable. She treats everyone around her like crap and she does nothing but whine about having to spend time on a beach house. Trust me, she's not the only unlikable character. Her brother is a bad acting child actor whose dialogue consists of stuff Michelle Tanner from Full House would say, her dad is just some guy, and Cyrus's boyfriend (Liam Hemsworth) is just a generic "that guy" with no personality. The movie is also incredibly predictable. Every time there's a dialogue scene, I was able to guess what cheesy line would be spilled out, every time there was a romance scene, I could tell what move Hemsworth would pull on Cyrus. I didn't like the acting either. Cyrus spends most of the movie bitching and in the scenes where her character is suppose to be happy, she still looks like she's about to start pouting. Hemsworth was really wooden in his role and brought nothing to the character. Another really dumb thing about the movie is the turtle hatching scene. Some of the scenes have Cyrus caring over turtle eggs and half of the movie builds up to them hatching. There are two problems with that scenario:
1. Why would you build up something as simple as turtle hatching?
2. If you're going to build up to a scene, make it last more than 30 seconds.
I'm not kidding, the turtles hatching doesn't last long because it's replaced with another stupid story arc concerning the dad. By the end of the movie, I didn't even care what had happened. There wasn't any flow to the story, the characters were boring, the plot was cliche, the dialogue was hammy and the acting was pathetic. The only purpose this movie served was making money and trying to pass off as an unofficial sequel to The Notebook.
June 24, 2012
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

It is a funny way to create a movie. "Lets write a movie as a vehicle for Miley Cyrus to initiate her adult acting career". Nevertheless it is good fodder if you are a romantic -- what does it say in the summary? "...first loves and second chances".
May 27, 2012
Redlats

Super Reviewer

Miley Cyrus stars in this movie full of bad acting. Basically, she meets her father, feels like she's about to kill him when she discovers he has cancer and he never told her about a month later, she breaks up with her boyfriend because he's a chick magnet, her rage over her father grows excruciatingly, then all of a sudden her father dies and she suddenly feels sorry for him and decides to beat on her boyfriend in a PG rated fashion in her PMS-ic anger. Did I mention the acting is awful?
August 8, 2011
spielberg00

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    2. Ronnie Miller: Oh really? Is that what they call hitting on strangers now?
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    1. Jonah Miller: Wow. You may be older. By I'm so much smarter than you.
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