Nights in Rodanthe Reviews

  • Even keepers of the Sparks flame are likely to have their spirits dampened by the wind-rattled, Diane Lane and Richard Gereencrusted adaptation of Nights in Rodanthe.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's no wonder the faithful continue to forsake the movies, given junky embarrassments like Nights in Rodanthe.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Indoors, there is elegant if unconvincing emotional drama you can see coming from half a mile down the beach, with very little com to lighten the rom.

    Cath Clarke — Guardian [UK]

  • Though the stars are likable and attractive, the movie is a melodramatic and soppy affair.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • What really sells this three-hanky tear-jerker -- and there were a lot of women buying it during a recent screening -- is Lane's steely and vulnerable performance. Like Tinker Bell, she almost made me believe in fairies. Almost.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • About those Nights in Rodanthe: They're about as steamy as a cup of tea.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It's an increasingly rare pleasure to see two naturally aging adults onscreen, and it's not exactly hard work to watch this still-gorgeous pair fall in love. Especially if you're overdue for a little vacation from reality yourself.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Richard Gere suffers less than Diane Lane. He gets by with a mixture of skill and self-irony. She acts up a storm in every scene, but you root for the hurricane.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The movie attempts to jerk tears with one clunky device after another, in a plot that is a perfect storm of cliche and contrivance.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The comparative savvy that Wolfe showed in HBO's stage-to-TV transfer of Lackawanna Blues has gone missing.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This romantic stinker is one of those films in which every plot development becomes a life lesson and every gesture is weighted with significance.

    Joshua Katzman — Chicago Reader

  • Rodanthe is a reliably steamy stormy sultry story about Inner Change at the Outer Banks where strangers become intimates.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The story needs rage and poetry and red-blooded sensuality, and we get respectable stodginess.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • There's nothing like a good tearjerker. Unfortunately, Nights in Rodanthe isn't a good tearjerker, although the characters on-screen shed tears and the movie is pretty jerky.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • A classy tearjerker with butter-cream frosting, raised to the level of (maybe undeserved) artistry by the convincing sincerity and no-nonsense honesty of Diane Lane.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • It's the sort of film, frankly, one either utterly succumbs to or stubbornly resists, and those opting for the former course shouldn't be disappointed.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • Nights in Rodanthe aims straight for the tear ducts as well, but this weepie is a dry well.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The movie version of Nights begins with such promise before it drowns in the romance novelist's syrupy sentimentality.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • No character in this turbulent sea of love crashing on the shores of misfortune is any more developed than they are in Sparks' potboiler.

    Susan Walker — Toronto Star

  • There are not enough actual scenes to keep us sufficiently engaged to care about the third-act event that changes their destiny.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

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