The Longest Ride Reviews

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November 10, 2015
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.
June 18, 2015
Shamelessly sentimental.
June 18, 2015
One of those rare films whose porn version will have the same title.
April 11, 2015
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.
April 10, 2015
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.
April 10, 2015
As a romance, a drama, or even a sports movie, The Longest Ride never reaches a satisfying destination.
April 10, 2015
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.
April 10, 2015
You heard of "Star Wars"? Films based on Sparks' books could be called "Star-Crossed Wars."
April 10, 2015
The movie has nowhere to go and spends more than two hours getting there.
April 10, 2015
People don't go to Sparks movies for subtlety; they go to warm their hearts by bearing witness to true love. Of course, that requires a story that rings true. In "The Longest Ride," authenticity is in short supply.
April 10, 2015
Eventful, polished, and knuckle-bitingly dull, the 10th film adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, combines fate, bull riding and some powerful Hollywood bloodlines among its young cast.
April 9, 2015
"The Longest Ride" treats us to a twist that's so ridiculous I think we're almost supposed to laugh. It's not quite on the "Are you KIDDING ME!?" level of awfulness as the big reveal in "Safe Haven," but it's close. It's close.
April 9, 2015
It takes a lot to bore your easily entertained correspondent but rest assured The Longest Ride has the goods.
April 9, 2015
Can the ailing Ira help the young lovers work things out in his limited time left on earth - or even afterward? Let's just say Sparks works up to an ending that's as shamelessly preposterous as it is predictable.
April 9, 2015
It tries to bridge the gap between pop culture and cultural elitism, between high art and the common commodity that everyone else buys tickets to see. A worthy goal, but it results in a movie that has none of the virtues of either.
April 9, 2015
It runs a long 128 minutes. You have to wade through not just puddles of tears, but also piles of BS.
April 9, 2015
Merely adding an older generation of lovers to a love story does not make your romance one for the ages.
April 9, 2015
Conforms to a timeworn, and shopworn, Sparks formula of troubled protagonists receiving wisdom, or inspiration, or both, from unexpected sources.
April 9, 2015
It's exactly what you'd expect, except executed with more-than-typical competence with the help of a few excellent actors and some gorgeously photographed rodeo scenes that capture the drama and thrill of bull riding.
April 9, 2015
The young Eastwood is better than you might expect, though it's Chaplin who shines in this Nicholas Sparks romance.
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