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Nights in Rodanthe Review Critics


Dave White Profile

I’m not even a woman and I’m thinking this is kind of the perfect movie. 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.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Less than the sum of its parts, which were problematic to begin with.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Lane and Gere mime adult courtship with the efficiency of synchronized swimmers. Yet in this ocean of emotion, they look like they're drowning.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    It's tough to make it through Nights in Rodanthe without wincing at its sticky-sweet sentimentality.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    As skillful and charismatic as Gere is, I never get the sense he's really in there, conversing with his fellow actor.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A tasteful melodrama courtesy of the easy chemistry between its two leads and a generally restrained touch from Tony-winning director George C. Wolfe in his feature debut.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Weepy romance is tame but may not interest teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that -- in terms of swearing, sexuality, violence, and commercialism -- there's hardly any age-inappropriate content in this romantic (if cliched) drama based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. That said, it may not interest a lot of young since since it deals with mature subjects like infidelity, divorce, and death (albeit with plenty of empathy). Adult characters drink heavily in one scene.

  • Families can talk about the questions the movie raises. Is there such a thing as a soul mate? How do you know who the right person is for you? What do parents "owe" their children? Do you agree with how the main characters resolve their dilemmas? Families can also discuss how this movie compares to other romantic dramas. What do they tend to have in common? Do you care if certain parts of a movie like this one are predictable, or are you just in it for the escapism of it all?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Two people nurse each other back to emotional health; some allusions to infidelity, though no trysts are shown. Friends are quite supportive of one another. Parents seem genuinely concerned about their children.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A storm cuts a violent swath through the town of Rodanthe. Couples fight heatedly. A man kicks a car out of anger and lurks menacingly.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple falls into bed together; only their faces are shown. They're also seen lolling about under the covers, with shoulders bared.

  • language false2

    Language: One use of "s--t"; otherwise, "son of a bitch," "hell," and "ass" are about as salty as it gets.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not too many products, though the movie could serve as a tourism reel for the Outer Banks.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two adults drink heavily in one scene; some additional social drinking.