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.


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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) Relativity

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (22)

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

Oct 17, 2014 | Full Review…

The sunlight is golden, the accent's rural (this one's set in Louisiana), people die, sagacious letters are read aloud.

Oct 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

At a certain point ... the coincidences and tragic incidents start to pile up at a startling rate and nothing can be taken seriously.

Oct 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For all of the eventfulness it jams into a (poorly edited) two-hour package, The Best Of Me ends up extracting the best of absolutely no one.

Oct 17, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…

As a drama, it fails, but the camp value is high, making it more fun than your average would-be weeper. It's silly, but at least it's not a slog.

Oct 17, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Interminably long, dragging out its molasses heart through what seem like three different endings.

Oct 17, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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Oh please. My eyes have almost rolled out of my head over this one.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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

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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
Marcus Woolcott

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The film will have the occasional charm and drama to please audiences, but is virtually a clichéd 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

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