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Nights in Rodanthe Reviews

November 5, 2008
Something about Diane Lane's performance, especially in that third act, really got me involved in the film emotionally.
November 5, 2008
Most of the movie was cloying. All of it was predictable.
October 18, 2008
The comparative savvy that Wolfe showed in HBO's stage-to-TV transfer of Lackawanna Blues has gone missing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2008
Broadway director George C Wolfe's inexperience with visual storytelling makes everything go with a clunk. Shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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.
September 26, 2008
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.
September 26, 2008
Though the stars are likable and attractive, the movie is a melodramatic and soppy affair.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
No character in this turbulent sea of love crashing on the shores of misfortune is any more developed than they are in Sparks' potboiler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 26, 2008
Cinematically unexciting but a welcome glimpse at the complications of life after age 40.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2008
The film tastefully yet unenergetically chugs along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
The movie around Lane and Gere is unreal, a tortured construct, but they open a breathing space in its center.
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 26, 2008
This isn't a movie: it's a feature-length Ralph Lauren commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 26, 2008
It's an increasingly rare pleasure to see two naturally aging adults onscreen, and it's not exactly hard work to watch this still-gorgeous pair fall in love. Especially if you're overdue for a little vacation from reality yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 26, 2008
Rodanthe is the Death Valley of erotic illusion.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 26, 2008
Nights in Rodanthe aims straight for the tear ducts as well, but this weepie is a dry well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
The story needs rage and poetry and red-blooded sensuality, and we get respectable stodginess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
September 26, 2008
This romantic stinker is one of those films in which every plot development becomes a life lesson and every gesture is weighted with significance.
September 26, 2008
About those Nights in Rodanthe: They're about as steamy as a cup of tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
There are not enough actual scenes to keep us sufficiently engaged to care about the third-act event that changes their destiny.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
It's no wonder the faithful continue to forsake the movies, given junky embarrassments like Nights in Rodanthe.
Read More | Original Score: .5/5
September 25, 2008
Rodanthe is a reliably steamy stormy sultry story about Inner Change at the Outer Banks where strangers become intimates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 25, 2008
There's nothing like a good tearjerker. Unfortunately, Nights in Rodanthe isn't a good tearjerker, although the characters on-screen shed tears and the movie is pretty jerky.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 25, 2008
Nights in Rodanthe is typical Nicholas Sparks fare that has been turned into a tasteful melodrama courtesy of the easy chemistry between its two leads and a generally restrained touch from Tony-winning director George C. Wolfe in his feature debut.
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
September 24, 2008
You would pretty much have to be sentimental to tolerate such schlock, or at least be willing to check your cynicism at the multiplex door.
September 24, 2008
Even keepers of the Sparks flame are likely to have their spirits dampened by the wind-rattled, Diane Lane and Richard Gereencrusted adaptation of Nights in Rodanthe.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 24, 2008
Nicholas Sparks's novels are to Harlequin romances as international coffees are to Nescafé: Marketed as having a little dash of class, they're still ersatz java.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
September 24, 2008
A classy tearjerker with butter-cream frosting, raised to the level of (maybe undeserved) artistry by the convincing sincerity and no-nonsense honesty of Diane Lane.
September 22, 2008
It's the sort of film, frankly, one either utterly succumbs to or stubbornly resists, and those opting for the former course shouldn't be disappointed.