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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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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. . (c) Relativity

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Luke Bracey
as Younger Dawson
Liana Liberato
as Young Amanda
Jon Tenney
as Harvey Collier
Clarke Peters
as Morgan Dupree
Sean Bridgers
as Tommy Cole
Rob Mello
as Ted Cole
Robby Rasmussen
as Bobby/Aaron
Caroline Hebert
as Young April
Mia Frost
as Brandi
Donna DuPlantier
as Dr. Charbeaneau
Dave Jensen
as Dr. Pundt
Laura Meyer
as Receptionist #2
Winston Bailey
as Amanda's Friend
Matthew Metzger
as Rich Kid #2
Thomas Ryan Smith
as Rich Kid #3
Brittany Buckner
as Receptionist #1
Brian Weinberger
as Court Lawyer
Virgil Brent Allen
as Oil Rig Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Best Of Me

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (26)

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.

October 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The melodrama feels so hurried and half-baked that the end result isn't just disappointing. It's borderline infuriating.

October 17, 2014 | Full Review…

The sunlight is golden, the accent's rural (this one's set in Louisiana), people die, sagacious letters are read aloud.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

At a certain point ... the coincidences and tragic incidents start to pile up at a startling rate and nothing can be taken seriously.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For all of the eventfulness it jams into a (poorly edited) two-hour package, The Best Of Me ends up extracting the best of absolutely no one.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Best Of Me


Oh please. My eyes have almost rolled out of my head over this one.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Exactly what you would expect from a Nicholas Sparks book adaptation. I found the whole story wholly unbelievable, especially the ending.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

It's not a film I hated, instead it uncovered a whole new level of disbelief that a film can be this terrible.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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