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Nights in Rodanthe (2008)


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 40
Rotten: 92

Critics Consensus: Derivative and schmaltzy, Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe is strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can't repair.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Derivative and schmaltzy, Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe is strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can't repair.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 103,406


Movie Info

Adapted from author Nicholas Sparks' popular romance novel, director George C. Wolfe's Nights in Rodanthe tells the tale of a doctor (Richard Gere) en route to reconcile with his estranged son when his benevolent mission is sidelined upon checking into a North Carolina beach-town inn. When the doctor arrives at the inn, he enters into a passionate affair with an unhappily married woman (Diane Lane) who is currently considering divorce. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

PG-13 (for some sensuality)
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Ann Peacock , John Romano
In Theaters:
Feb 10, 2009
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Nights in Rodanthe

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (92) | DVD (11)

Something about Diane Lane's performance, especially in that third act, really got me involved in the film emotionally.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Most of the movie was cloying. All of it was predictable.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

The comparative savvy that Wolfe showed in HBO's stage-to-TV transfer of Lackawanna Blues has gone missing.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Broadway director George C Wolfe's inexperience with visual storytelling makes everything go with a clunk. Shame.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Richard Gere suffers less than Diane Lane. He gets by with a mixture of skill and self-irony. She acts up a storm in every scene, but you root for the hurricane.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

What really sells this three-hanky tear-jerker -- and there were a lot of women buying it during a recent screening -- is Lane's steely and vulnerable performance. Like Tinker Bell, she almost made me believe in fairies. Almost.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

So nondescript that its anonymity becomes its very personality.

Full Review… | April 14, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

...the film ultimately earns a place for itself within the pantheon of effectively stirring romantic tearjerkers.

Full Review… | November 23, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

A movie that looks and sounds a whole lot bigger than it actually is.

Full Review… | March 4, 2009

While it may be discerned as more a vehicle for the actors' reunion than a creative gem, the contributive factor to its attractiveness is the chemistry of the match.

Full Review… | February 15, 2009
Cinema Signals

You could have filmed zombies in a gorgeous 19th century beach house and gotten the same emotional impact.

Full Review… | February 11, 2009
Film School Rejects

Even if you are rooting for this film to succeed, you find yourself sitting through the tear-jerking part of the movie without feeling terribly wrapped up in it.

Full Review… | February 10, 2009
Apollo Guide

Nights in Rodanthe is the cinematic equivalent of a Harlequin novel with a pack of tissues shoved into the back cover.

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
Aisle Seat

The actors once again work well together, but they should have quit when they were ahead.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Diane Lane and the Tuscan countryside prove to be a more dynamic duo than Diane Lane and the Outer Banks.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Creative Loafing

Bring tissues.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
The Age (Australia)

I will say this about Nights in Rodanthe: spoken Nicholas Sparks is preferable to written Nicholas Sparks.

November 9, 2008
Film Freak Central

Strictly for romantic masochists. Enough tears in the final reel to fill a Hollywood producer's swimming pool.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

While not for the cynical or hard-of-heart, Nights in Rodanthe is something of a rarity: a film that puts its characters first.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
FILMINK (Australia)

A singularly unsuccessful look at mature love.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

You can make a good movie out of schmaltz. This isn't one of them.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies (Australia)

You will get exactly what you are expecting. More or less, in any event. More in the case of the film's heart; less in the case of the last reel, when the storyline and execution dissolves into buckets of schmaltz.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Urban Cinefile

You know,s ometimes a movie is worth it just because of its texture.

Full Review… | October 23, 2008
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If the story is a dreary one, it is elevated by the star brio of Gere and Lane.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Nights in Rodanthe

Chick Flick with Questionable actions 2 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A girly tearjerker movie. Had me crying so much. :') Richard Gere, Reawwrr..

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

CAST: Diane Lane, Ricard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Mae Whitman, Viola Davis, James Franco, Scott Glenn

DIRECTED BY: George C. Wolfe

SUMMARY: Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane), a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend?s inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her?a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teenaged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

MY THOUGTHS: I really liked the story, but the ending I am still unsure about. I didn't even for a second see that happening. I thought it was just going to be one of those predictable love stories. How very wrong I was. I am all for the non typical endings. But I wanted it to be typical in this film. It was just so sad. I really felt for the characters. Diane and Richard were great together. All of the acting was good. Seemed a little forced with Mae at times. But for most, all did a great job.


Super Reviewer

It reminded me of a Canadian B movie, but with an A list cast - including Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Sure It's a nice love story - complete with the baggage of past family and each other's shortcomings. In the end, I found it kind of mushy. I've seen a couple of comparisons to The Notebook, but it is half the movie the Notebook is. Bring a box of tissues though.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Nights in Rodanthe Quotes

Adrienne Willis:
I know you've only ever known your father and me. And I love Jack, because he is your father. But there's another kinda love, Amanda. One that gives you the courage to be better than you are, not less than you are. One that makes you feel that anything is possible. I want you to know that you could have it. I want you to hold out for it.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
Dr. Paul Flanner:
What keeps you safe?
Adrienne Willis:
Well, you fall in love with someone, you know... and you make a family... and you become what you think you're supposed to be. And you change and you give up certain things. Then they look at what you've got left and you wish you... I don't know, you just think maybe you shouldn't have.
Dr. Paul Flanner:
Dr. Paul Flanner:
Just don't do it.
Adrienne Willis:
– Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
Dr. Paul Flanner:
We all make choices, Adrianne. You chose that life, you chose that man. Do you even remember who you really are anymore?
Adrienne Willis:
Just stop it.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
Adrienne Willis:
When Jack left me, it wasn't just our marriage ending. It was the loss of all the hopes that I'd had for future. I tried to move on, but the world didn't seem that interested in me anymore. Then you came along, and helped me believe in myself again.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)

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