The Best Of Me (2014)
Critic Consensus: At nine films and counting, the line between Nicholas Sparks film fans and detractors is clear, and The Best of Me will change few minds on either side of the divide.
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as Younger Dawson
as Young Amanda
as Harvey Collier
as Morgan Dupree
as Tommy Cole
as Ted Cole
as Young April
as Dr. Charbeaneau
as Dr. Pundt
as Rich Kid #1
as Receptionist #2
as Amanda's Friend
as Rich Kid #2
as Rich Kid #3
as Receptionist #1
as Court Lawyer
as Oil Rig Worker
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There's something heavy-handed, even for Sparks, in the telling of the couple's story, particularly when it comes to Dawson's family: they are leering, brutal embodiments of evil who function as handy plot devices.
The melodrama feels so hurried and half-baked that the end result isn't just disappointing. It's borderline infuriating.
The sunlight is golden, the accent's rural (this one's set in Louisiana), people die, sagacious letters are read aloud.
By the standards of other Sparks productions, this is buoyed up well enough by the cast to float along, and everyone's making the best of a fairly blah job.
At a certain point ... the coincidences and tragic incidents start to pile up at a startling rate and nothing can be taken seriously.
Audience Reviews for The Best Of Me
Oh please. My eyes have almost rolled out of my head over this one.
Exactly what you would expect from a Nicholas Sparks book adaptation. I found the whole story wholly unbelievable, especially the ending.
It's not a film I hated, instead it uncovered a whole new level of disbelief that a film can be this terrible.
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