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The Best Of Me (2014)



Critic Consensus: At nine films and counting, the line between Nicholas Sparks film fans and detractors is clear, and The Best of Me will change few minds on either side of the divide.

Movie Info

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances. . (c) Relativitymore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Michelle Monaghan, Michael Hoffman, J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters, Nicholas Sparks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2015
Relativity Media - Official Site


Luke Bracey
as Younger Dawson
Liana Liberato
as Young Amanda
Jon Tenney
as Harvey Collier
Clarke Peters
as Morgan Dupree
Sean Bridgers
as Tommy Cole
Robert Mello
as Ted Cole
Robby Rasmussen
as Bobby/Aaron
Caroline Hebert
as Young April
Mia Frost
as Brandi
Donna DuPlantier
as Dr. Charbeaneau
Dave Jensen
as Dr. Pundt
Laura Meyer
as Receptionist #2
Winston Bailey
as Amanda's Friend
Matthew Metzger
as Rich Kid #2
Thomas Ryan Smith
as Rich Kid #3
Brittany Buckner
as Receptionist #1
Brian Weinberger
as Court Lawyer
Virgil Brent Allen
as Oil Rig Worker
David Jensen
as Dr. Pundt
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Critic Reviews for The Best Of Me

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (21)

The melodrama feels so hurried and half-baked that the end result isn't just disappointing. It's borderline infuriating.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

You know what to expect: a star-crossed romance for lovers from different worlds, kisses in the rain, moonlight swims, fateful separations and the tragic death of at least one leading character.

Full Review… | February 28, 2015
Movie Talk

The Best of Me's chemistry lives in the idea of a second chance at first love - would you take it if you could? - but not between the actors, unfortunately.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Consequence of Sound

I would be amazed to hear even the most ardent Sparks fan defend it as anything more than rubbish.

Full Review… | November 1, 2014
The Standard

The Best of Me turns into a half-baked dramatic thriller, with violent confrontations, gunfights, plenty of nasty characters and one big scary action scene.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
The Australian

This film could be a real tearjerker for Sparks fans; everyone else may find it tough to stomach.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Best Of Me


The film will have the occasional charm and drama to please audiences, but is virtually a clich├ęd attempt at another romantic novel adaptation. The Best of Me presents anything and everything you come to expect from a Nicholas Sparks story, but it's ultimately brought down from a poor execution and bland script. 2.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Exactly what you would expect from a Nicholas Sparks book adaptation. I found the whole story wholly unbelievable, especially the ending.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

It's not a film I hated, instead it uncovered a whole new level of disbelief that a film can be this terrible.

Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

The Best Of Me Quotes

Amanda: You want me to fall back in love with you? How do I do that if I haven't ever stopped?
– Submitted by Jay T (11 months ago)

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