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The Last Song Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Anna Smith
Time Out
April 29, 2010
Anyone but Cyrus fans will find this one of the more inferior Sparks adaptations -- and yes, that includes Nights in Rodanthe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
April 2, 2010
It's like Dante and Beatrice all over again, with the Georgia coast standing in for Paradise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
April 2, 2010
Sadly, without a single note of originality, Last Song is an awfully long and tiresome tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2010
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 1, 2010
So bad it makes The Notebook look like Casablanca.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 1, 2010
This is Miley's vehicle, but the strongest scenes are between Kinnear and Coleman.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2010
Years on the Hannah Montana TV series have not adequately prepared Miley Cyrus for screen acting, even in a vehicle as unchallenging as this adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.
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Jon Bream
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2010
[Cyrus is] believable as Ronnie partly because she, too, is 17 and at a crossroads in her life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2010
For those wondering if the continuing popularity of such exercises might make this one worth the ticket price, the same effect might be achieved by writing names and obstacles (make some tragic) on index cards and tossing them in the air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 31, 2010
It's not surprising that in the hands of a first-time director and first-time screenwriter, nobody in this movie behaves like a recognizable human being, but it is surprising that Cyrus comes across as such an unlikable sourpuss.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 31, 2010
Huffing through the early scenes of The Last Song with black leather boots and a frozen pout, Miley Cyrus plays author Nicholas Sparks' idea of a rebel, which is to say Ned Flanders' idea of a rebel.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 31, 2010
The Original Nicholas Sparks Romance Factory accomplishes its goals. The New Miley Cyrus Acting Company falls a bit shorter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 31, 2010
Cyrus is ghastly in The Last Song, bad not just in one or two ways, but in all kinds of ways. It was a disservice to the audience, to the material and to Cyrus herself that she was put in this position.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 31, 2010
The predictable plot mechanics aren't what make it insufferable. The big problem is Miley Cyrus.
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
March 31, 2010
Cyrus is game and appealing, but she's not nearly enough of a natural actress to pull off the emotional whip-cracks the story puts Ronnie through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rob Nelson
Variety
March 31, 2010
Cyrus, alas, hasn't yet learned not to act with her eyebrows and overbite. But she does show off her considerable chops as a pianist and remains reasonably likable throughout.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 31, 2010
It's the worst of both worlds as Disney cash cow Miley Cyrus makes the most dubious "dramatic" debut of any singer since Britney Spears.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 31, 2010
It's hard to believe this bland starlet is the same spunky kid who bounced through the Hannah Montana movie just last year, but it's only fair to cut Cyrus some slack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 31, 2010
The director, Julie Anne Robinson, makes sure that any scene that might culminate in thought or reflection instead becomes a montage set to music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2010
A dramatic showcase for a more grown-up Miley Cyrus, but not much more.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 31, 2010
Perhaps feel-good tragedy doesn't quite capture it; feel-good sadism might be more like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 31, 2010
Robinson is a sympathetic director of actors, allowing almost everyone their dignity. For the most part, she keeps this emotionally charged story in the schmaltz-free zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 31, 2010
All the obvious elements combine to manipulate the audience into a weepy time at the movies -- again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 31, 2010
Sand dunes at sunset, summer lovin' (had me a blast!), a third-act medical crisis and a clutch of letters designed to be read aloud in voice-over: Another month, another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 31, 2010
It can't manage to sort through its various issues in any dramatically compelling way, instead falling into a slack, soap-opera rhythm in which potentially catastrophic developments seem to have no lasting emotional effects.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 31, 2010
I like Miley Cyrus. I like her in spite of the fact that she's been packaged within an inch of her life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 31, 2010
In case you wondered: Little girls still scream for Miley Cyrus. You too may experience the need to scream, albeit for different reasons, should you take one (or more) of them to see The Last Song...
| Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 31, 2010
Maybe Douglas Sirk could have made something profound out of the pseudo-ennobling horsepucky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Whipp
Associated Press
March 30, 2010
Kinnear lends the movie a dignity it doesn't deserve and stands as the only cast member whose dramatic moments aren't propped up by soaring musical cues.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 30, 2010
It's not a great film, with some edge Sparks put in the novel left out of the script. But there's real chemistry between the young lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4