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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.
Adjusted Score: 59400%
Critics Consensus: It’s hard not to admire its unabashed sentimentality, but The Notebook is too clumsily manipulative to rise above its melodramatic clichés.
Adjusted Score: 19946%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Adjusted Score: 31954%
Critics Consensus: Handsome-looking but dramatically inert, Message in a Bottle maroons a formidable cast in a trite romance that lacks spark.
Adjusted Score: 35053%
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.
Adjusted Score: 32866%
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.
Adjusted Score: 28940%
Critics Consensus: Though wholesome, the Mandy Moore vehicle A Walk to Remember is also bland and oppressively syrupy.
Adjusted Score: 25971%
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.
Adjusted Score: 24179%
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.
Adjusted Score: 18623%
Critics Consensus: Schmaltzy, predictable, and melodramatic, Safe Haven also suffers from a ludicrous plot twist, making for a particularly ignominious Nicholas Sparks adaptation.