Released Year: 2015
Runtime: 139 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directors: George Tillman Jr.
Writers: Nicholas Sparks, Craig Bolotin
Casts: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Melissa Benoist, Lolita Davidovich, Elea Oberon, Kate Forbes, Tiago Riani, Danny Vinson, Hayley Lovitt, Tracey Bonner, Jaret Sears, Hunter Burke
IMDB: The Longest Ride (2015) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 4.3
Village Voice -
A good romance can make us endure an implausible plot as long as the leads have heat. Luke and Sophia's connection feels true. Who cares about the mechanics? By the time The Longest Ride runs right off a cliff, we're already strapped in to the passenger seat. Give in and enjoy the plunge.
Overall, The Longest Ride feels cloying and contrived; the only time it's unpredictable is when the plot takes a turn so utterly unbelievable that, admittedly, no one would see it coming.
The A.V. Club -
Despite undermining its own better qualities, The Longest Ride still qualifies as one of the best Sparks films by virtue of not including any love-ghosts or destructive misinformation about how Alzheimer's works.
It would not surprise me if most reviews for this film are openly hostile. It is a wretched piece of writing, and an absurd final product. It almost seems pointless to pile on, though. The audience who loves Sparks is going to go see this film and they'll no doubt walk away satisfied.
The Longest Ride (2015)
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.