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The Best of Me

PG-13| 1 hr. 58 min.

Plot Summary

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they've never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures  the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

Cast: Michelle Monaghan , James Marsden , Luke Bracey , Liana Liberato , Gerald McRaney , Caroline Goodall , Clarke Peters , Sebastian Arcelus

Director: Michael Hoffman

Genres: Romance, Drama

Distributor: Relativity Media

The Best of Me (2014)

Release Date: October 17th, 2014|1 hr. 58 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • The film is an improvement on previous Sparks moody-doomed-love opuses such as “The Last Song” and “Dear John.” If that is damning with faint praise, the cogs here are the same as in his previous love machines show more

  • The Best of Me is neither worse than his other films nor particularly better. At 118 minutes, it is, however, one of the longest. Interminably long, dragging out its molasses heart through what seem like three different endings. show more

  • There have been times when the right team has been able to transcend the gooey schmaltz of Sparks’ stories. This effort, however, sinks like a rock thrown into a sun-dappled lake shaded by magnolia trees sparkling under a sky of shooting stars. show more

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  • October 26, 2014 dukedewf
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    Watchable, but a bit trite. The younger Marsden looks older than the 20-year older Marsden. Bad casting. The ending was predicable but still a nice touch to a semi-boring, winding story.

  • October 22, 2014 donpat4742
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    Best movie I have seen in a long time - Nicholas Sparks comes through every time for a great story line. This is a must see movie.

  • October 22, 2014 Lauren
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    Saw this movie last night. A lot of things were different from the book, however it was still a good movie. Entertaining at the least, but I will agree that it is not my favorite of all the Nicholas Sparks movies. To those saying the ending was cheesy- it was how it happened in the book (mostly)

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