The Longest Ride


The Longest Ride

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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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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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Scott Eastwood
as Luke Collins
Alan Alda
as Ira Levinson
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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Critic Reviews for The Longest Ride

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (35)

The Longest Ride is a weak sauce addition to the Sparks empire, a little better than last year's The Best of Me, but miles below uber-Sparks work The Notebook.

Nov 10, 2015

One of those rare films whose porn version will have the same title.

Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The Longest Ride is pretty darn tolerable - and sometimes even enjoyable - not just for fans but also for regular people who are, you know, cynical.

Apr 11, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Longest Ride has as much bull as the 10 previous Sparks adaptations. This is one of the few you can ride for longer than eight seconds.

Apr 10, 2015 | Full Review…

As a romance, a drama, or even a sports movie, The Longest Ride never reaches a satisfying destination.

Apr 10, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Look, it's easy to laugh at this stuff - that's part of the game, in fact. To buy into these movies, you have to buy into the silliness. But The Longest Ride, for all its ridiculousness, comes by its emotions honestly.

Apr 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Longest Ride

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 Michalski
Dann Michalski

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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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Well, isn't Scott Eastwood just a rugged, squinty, sensitive, handsome drink of water? He isn't that bad an actor either - very dynamic and athletic while bull-riding and quietly choked when essentially admitting his lack of other options, "It's my life..." It's a schmaltzy moment, but he grounds it. Britt Robertson was precious in "Dan In Real Life" and arguably the best part of "Delivery Man," but her spirit is too wild and outgoing for "the boring one" in the sorority house, and this Regular Girl role requires her to tone down that spirit, making her performance...well, boring. Methinks brunette Melissa Benoist more fits the type of the straight-laced lead, and Robertson would have been better as the bubbly partygirl friend. The rest of the script is classic Sparks: new, uncertain relationship is fortified by the flashback story of an older relationship that stands the test of time. Ira and Ruth's love story - complicated by infertility and lack of faith - is infinitely more interesting than Sophia and Luke's banal first date small talk about nail polish. Oona Chaplin has a great period face, and Jack Huston is bashfully devoted. The art auction twist is a nice denouement, but overall, the movie is an overlong, forgettable Sparks joint.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Bucking audiences around atop two very different love stories, Nicholas Sparks' sometimes charming latest Ride certainly feels like his Longest despite its laudably earnest and heartfelt approach. It's easy to hate adaptations of this author's works, often aw shucks connect-the-dots romances with impossibly attractive hard bodies and an obligatory death scene thrown in for good measure. The writer definitely addresses emotion on-the-nose, however, and many romantics do as well. This manner somehow seems brave in an age when our very cynical and sarcastic society - on-the-whole - laughs away anything wholesome and/or traditional. In this PG-13-rated drama based on the 17th novel by Nicholas Sparks, the lives of a young couple (Eastwood, Robertson) intertwine with a much older man (Alan Alda) as he reflects back on a lost love after recuperating from an automobile crash. Oh, there's still plenty here to joke about in The Longest Ride, mind you--dialogue so cheesy it could pass muster with the Dairy Council, plot points pretty much visible from the opening credits. The disparate storylines, however, fall short of paperback pulp. Granted, theyre often jolting as they quantum leap moviegoers from 40s Jewish war-torn lovers to Millennial opposites attracting but both share an occasionally infectious optimism. Scott Eastwood (when he smiles, it's pretty impossible to deny his father's Clint) and Britt Robertson throw off almost visible sparks (no pun intended) and seem destined for starrier heights. Alan Alda, meanwhile, shows them how great character work is REALLY done. Bottom line: Sweet Tart of the Rodeo

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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