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Nights in Rodanthe Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2008
The movie version of Nights begins with such promise before it drowns in the romance novelist's syrupy sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
September 26, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 25, 2008
The movie attempts to jerk tears with one clunky device after another, in a plot that is a perfect storm of cliche and contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 26, 2008
I can kind-of, sort-of see how this story might work as a novel. Bad dialogue doesn't sound as howlingly awful when not spoken aloud. Idiotic plot contrivances don't seem as painful and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 24, 2008
Many critics will no doubt tar this film with the dreaded "Lifetime movie" epithet, but I'd venture a bit further -- Nights in Rodanthe is the world's longest General Foods International Coffee commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
The comparative savvy that Wolfe showed in HBO's stage-to-TV transfer of Lackawanna Blues has gone missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2008
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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 25, 2008
Whiffs on both sentiment and misery. It may be that there's no spark here because there's too much Sparks here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
September 26, 2008
This movie works so strenuously to satisfy its target audience's every desire that it's a minor surprise that the filmmakers didn't provide cashmere blankets, a snuggly pair of slippers and a warm cup of cocoa for everyone entering the theater.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 24, 2008
A ten hanky movie that ends up being just enough to make a nice noose for yourself after sitting through such an inexcusably downer ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Matt Stevens
E! Online
September 25, 2008
Fans of weepy romances will dig it; the rest of us would prefer a battle with mutant, killer rats.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 10, 2008
Even though it is competently mounted, Nights in Rodanthe's unrestrained sentimentality will no doubt make many girlfriends swoon even as it makes their boyfriends squirm uncomfortably.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
November 7, 2008
A singularly unsuccessful look at mature love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
Most of the movie was cloying. All of it was predictable.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
September 25, 2008
A movie needs a reason to exist other than to wring tears out of overemotional people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 25, 2008
There's little room for genuine emotion in this turgid romantic fantasy adapted from a novel by slop-meister Nicholas Sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 25, 2008
The central performances are solid -- but they'd have to be, to make something this rote and formulaic come even close to working.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
You could have filmed zombies in a gorgeous 19th century beach house and gotten the same emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 7, 2008
You can make a good movie out of schmaltz. This isn't one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
September 26, 2008
Nights in Rodanthe starts slow, stalls in the middle, and by the time the tragedy hits, a slideshow with still photographs set to music would seem faster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008

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July 14, 2011
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