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Nicholas Sparks Movies Ranked

We’re ranking by Tomatometer all the movies from writer Nicholas Sparks, including A Walk to Remember, The Lucky One, and the romantic classic The Notebook, which got its own ‘Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong’ podcast episode. Alex Vo


Safe Haven (2013)

Adjusted Score: 19443%
Critics Consensus: Schmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, Safe Haven also suffers from a ludicrous plot twist, making for a particularly ignominious Nicholas Sparks adaptation.
Synopsis: Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town on the North Carolina coast, determined to make a new life... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallström


The Last Song (2010)

Adjusted Score: 25479%
Critics Consensus: As shamelessly manipulative as any Nicholas Sparks production, The Last Song is done no favors by its miscast and overmatched star, Miley Cyrus.
Synopsis: Estranged from her father (Greg Kinnear) for a number of years, teenage Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) isn't pleased when her mother... [More]
Directed By: Julie Anne Robinson


The Lucky One (2012)

Adjusted Score: 26630%
Critics Consensus: While it provides the requisite amount of escapist melodrama, The Lucky One ultimately relies on too many schmaltzy clichés to appeal to anyone not already familiar with the Nicholas Sparks formula.
Synopsis: U.S. Marine Sgt. Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns home from his third tour of duty in Iraq with the one... [More]
Directed By: Scott Hicks

Adjusted Score: 32087%
Critics Consensus: Though wholesome, the Mandy Moore vehicle A Walk to Remember is also bland and oppressively syrupy.
Synopsis: Set in North Carolina, "A Walk To Remember" follows the rite of passage of a jaded, aimless high school senior... [More]
Directed By: Adam Shankman


Dear John (2010)

Adjusted Score: 34242%
Critics Consensus: Built from many of the same ingredients as other Nicholas Sparks tearjerkers, Dear John suffers from its cliched framework, as well as Lasse Hallstrom's curiously detached directing.
Synopsis: When soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) meets an idealistic college student, Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), it's the beginning of a... [More]
Directed By: Lasse Hallström

Adjusted Score: 35123%
Critics Consensus: Derivative and schmaltzy, Nicholas Sparks' Nights in Rodanthe is strongly mottled by contrivances that even the charisma of stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere can't repair.
Synopsis: When Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) arrives at the coastal town of Rodanthe, N.C., her life is in chaos. There, she... [More]
Directed By: George C. Wolfe

Adjusted Score: 33176%
Critics Consensus: Handsome-looking but dramatically inert, Message in a Bottle maroons a formidable cast in a trite romance that lacks spark.
Synopsis: During her morning jog on the beach, journalist Theresa Osborne (Robin Wright Penn) discovers a bottle protruding from the sand.... [More]
Directed By: Luis Mandoki

Adjusted Score: 15407%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A widow (Lauren Ambrose) resorts to desperate measures to protect her three children and her land during the Civil War.... [More]
Directed By: Jon Amiel


The Notebook (2004)

Adjusted Score: 59892%
Critics Consensus: It's hard not to admire its unabashed sentimentality, but The Notebook is too clumsily manipulative to rise above its melodramatic clichés.
Synopsis: In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love.... [More]
Directed By: Nick Cassavetes