The Longest Ride

2015

The Longest Ride

Critics Consensus

The Longest Ride is less manipulative than the average Nicholas Sparks film, but it's still saccharine and hopelessly contrived -- not that it'll matter to the target audience.

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71%

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User Ratings: 30,116
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Movie Info

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love. (C) Fox

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Cast

Scott Eastwood
as Luke Collins
Alan Alda
as Ira Levinson
Oona Chaplin
as Young Ruth
Jack Huston
as Young Ira
Lolita Davidovich
as Kate Collins
Gloria Reuben
as Adrienne Francis
Brett Edwards
as Jared Midelton
Hayley Lovitt
as Rodea Girl
Michael Lowry
as Luke's Doctor
Elea Oberon
as Mrs. Pfeffer
Kate Forbes
as Ira's Mother
Danny Vinson
as Larry Till
Tracey Bonner
as Nurse Wilson
Jaret Sears
as Joe Parks
Hunter Burke
as david Stein
Ash Taylor
as Willem De Kooning
Jon Stafford
as Older Man
Gina Herron
as Older Woman
Floyd Herrington
as Daniel McDonald
Joy Jacobson
as Luke's Nurse
Naomi Eckhaus
as Older Ruth
Amy Parrish
as Andrea McDonald
Peter Jurasik
as Howie Sanders
Karen Labbe
as Assistant
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Audience Reviews for The Longest Ride

  • Mar 18, 2016
    Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride is a touching romantic drama. The story follows an aspiring art major and a professional bull rider who fall in love, and have a chance encounter with an art collector that alters their lives forever. Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood lead the cast and give especially good performance, having great chemistry together. But the script is a bit of a problem, as the plot is over-stuffed; deliver two love stories for the price of one. And at times it can be a little emotionally manipulative. Yet while it has some issues, The Longest Ride is a compelling film about the power of love to overcome adversity.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2015
    In the long line of Nicholas Sparks novels, we usually get one every year and it comes and goes. For some reason, this one has been getting more word of mouth than most so I thought I would give it a try. I can say with all honesty, this is one of his better efforts by far. The pairing of Brit Robertson and Scott Eastwood was perfect and I bought their chemistry the whole way through. That is what made this film as good as it is. The one thing that kept taking me out of the film slightly was the fact that he keeps using plot points from his previous films, such as going to war or old people on the verge of passing away. Oddly enough, the filmmakers made all of these elements work it it really does tug at your heartstrings. "The Longest Ride" is much better than I was expecting it to be, and that is saying something. This is a well-made film all around with great performances. No it's not the most original film in the world, but it is a nice, watchable romance that I would be glad to pop in again.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2015
    Less annoying than some Nicolas Sparks film adaptations but still schmaltzy and predictable. The leads are horrible actors but the secondary ones played by Chaplin and Huston are very good and Alan Alda also still shows he has acting chops. The direction is amateurish and the pace can get real sluggish. North Carolina sure has some beautiful scenery! 08-16-2015
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2015
    One of the better adaptations of Nicholas Spark's romance novels. I thought that this was going to be bad but instead it was heartwarming, well acted and had a positive message throughout.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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