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The Last Song (2010)


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

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

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 26

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


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 159,915


Movie Info

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 (for thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language)
Drama , Kids & Family , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Nicholas Sparks , Jeff Van Wie
In Theaters:
Aug 17, 2010
Box Office:
Walt Disney Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Last Song

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Anyone but Cyrus fans will find this one of the more inferior Sparks adaptations -- and yes, that includes Nights in Rodanthe.

Full Review… | April 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

It's like Dante and Beatrice all over again, with the Georgia coast standing in for Paradise.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Sadly, without a single note of originality, Last Song is an awfully long and tiresome tune.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

So bad it makes The Notebook look like Casablanca.

April 1, 2010
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A predictable but sweet old-fashioned teen romance.

Full Review… | December 25, 2012
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | April 21, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2012

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

Full Review… | August 31, 2011

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
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!

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2010

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Movies for the Masses

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

July 4, 2010

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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2010

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
Total Film

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

Full Review… | May 3, 2010
Daily Express

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

Full Review… | May 3, 2010

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Tyler Robertson
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".

Red Lats

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?

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

The Last Song Quotes

Will Blakelee:
Oh, come on! I'm just practicing Southern hospitality!
Ronnie Miller:
Oh really? Is that what they call hitting on strangers now?
– Submitted by Judy G (11 months ago)
Jonah Miller:
Wow. You may be older. By I'm so much smarter than you.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)
Ronnie Miller:
I love you.
Steve Miller:
Sweetie, I love you too.
Ronnie Miller:
I love you, daddy.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)
Ronnie Miller:
Why did you want me to see this?
Will Blakelee:
Because I thought you would like her as much as I do, scars and all.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)
Jonah Miller:
Are you gonna say goodbye, because I really don't wanna hear it.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)
Ronnie Miller:
It's what I do, Mom. I push people away.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)

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