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Dave White Profile

Tweenage romance. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Miley meets King Nicholas Sparks of Melodramaland. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    All the obvious elements combine to manipulate the audience into a weepy time at the movies -- again.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Takes a sharp turn for the better when Ronnie and a poor big rich boy played by Liam Hemsworth fall in love.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie so deftly mixes sentimentality, romance and bathos in just the right measures that her fans and maybe new ones will enjoy the new Miley.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I like Miley Cyrus. I like her in spite of the fact that she's been packaged within an inch of her life. I look forward to the day when she squirms loose from her handlers and records an album of classic songs, performed with the same sincerity as her godmother, Dolly Parton. I think it'll be a long, long time until she plays a movie character like the free-standing, engaging heroines of Ashley Judd, but I can wait.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    And here's the revelation: Miley Cyrus is a really interesting movie star in the making, with an intriguing echo-of-foghorn speaking voice, and a scuffed-up tomboyish physicality (in the Kristen Stewart mode) that sets her apart from daintier girls in her celebrity class.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Sweet Miley Cyrus drama depicts first love, family troubles.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sweet-but-sad and fairly predictablecoming-of-age story will likely appeal to hordes of Miley Cyrus’ young fans, but it's best for older tweens and teens thanks to the heavy topics of divorce, abusive relationships, and death. The romance (including somepassionate kissing) will send fans hearts a-flutter, and a tear-jerkingstoryline will leave them surprisingly moved. There’s little swearing("bitch") and some sexual banter, but most everything’s prettyclean-cut.

  • Families can talk about Ronnie’s reaction to her parents’ divorce. Whydoes she hate her father so much? Why is she unable to forgive him? Isher reaction typical and/or understandable? Does her experience remindyou of your experiences or your friends' experiences?
  • Tweens and teens: Do you see Miley Cyrus as a role model? Why or why not? Do you think celebrities make good role models? Do you have any real-life role models -- like family members, friends, or teachers? Do you real-liferole models have more or less influence over your thoughts and decisions compared to celebs?
  • Is the film’s depiction of first (true) love realistic? How does itchange Ronnie?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Love transforms even the most hardened souls, though it’s not alwaysenough to sustain marriages. But forgiveness helps bridge the gap. Also: Happy families might only appear that way, so it’s best not to judgefrom appearances. And music can bring you joy.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: While initially not a great role model, Ronnie ultimately comes around.When she arrives in town she’s been arrested for shoplifting and thoughshe’s been accepted at a prestigious music conservatory, she plans onnot going. She’s also disrespectful of her parents, especially herfather. However, she’s the one who changes the most in the movie,softening and finding the will to forgive. Other characters include ayoung girl who appears willing to stay in a relationship that clearlydevalues her; her boyfriend who manhandles her; and two young men who’ve helped destroy a neighbor’s reputation. All but one learn their lessonin the end.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A boy takes a crowbar and tries to hit another with it during a fight.He also menaces his girlfriend and manhandles her. A local is suspectedof arson.

  • sex false2

    Sex: More talk than action. One character discusses another’s conquests. Some passionate kissing, and a guy makes a pass at another even though hehas a girlfriend.

  • language false2

    Language: Some uses of ”bitch,” but much of the dialogue is only slightly salty:“pissed,” “brat,” “suck.” Also, a couple uses of "God" as an exclamation.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some signage for Mobil gas stations, restaurants.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: No drug use, though one scene shows teenagers drinking.