Box art for Nights in Rodanthe

Nights in Rodanthe

drama, romance

Two strangers meet at an inn, each planning to deal with troubling circumstances in their lives. Sparks fly and a relationship begins that may open up new possibilities for both.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
1 out of 5

Weepy romance is tame but may not interest teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that -- in terms of swearing, sexuality, violence, and commercialism -- there's hardly any age-inappropriate content in this romantic (if cliched) drama based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. That said, it may not interest a lot of young since since it deals with mature subjects like infidelity, divorce, and death (albeit with plenty of empathy). Adult characters drink heavily in one scene.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the questions the movie raises. Is there such a thing as a soul mate? How do you know who the right person is for you? What do parents "owe" their children? Do you agree with how the main characters resolve their dilemmas? Families can also discuss how this movie compares to other romantic dramas. What do they tend to have in common? Do you care if certain parts of a movie like this one are predictable, or are you just in it for the escapism of it all?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's no wonder the faithful continue to forsake the movies, given junky embarrassments like Nights in Rodanthe.

- Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Friday, September 26, 2008

Rotten: About those Nights in Rodanthe: They're about as steamy as a cup of tea.

- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Friday, September 26, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

There were times in this movie where I felt it lost me. The chemistry wasn't that great for me. Sweet story, but putting it into a movie didnt turn out that well. I'm pretty sure the book is better, although I've never read it.

- LitelBluHli, Monday, February 23, 2009

3 stars

The DVD copy I borrowed of this was faulty and pretty much wouldn't play from one hour into it till the end. It was watchable, but it didn't do a whole lot for me, and I don't think seeing the ...SPOILER......death would have changed my opinion too much. I actually think that with the cast this movie has and general tone, it is probably more aimed at middle aged women, who would probably enjoy this more than I did. Nothing too wrong with it, but just not that thrilling either. I don't feel moved to get hold of another copy and see the bits I missed.

- romy861, Monday, August 3, 2009

3 stars

CAST: Diane Lane, Ricard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Mae Whitman, Viola Davis, James Franco, Scott Glenn DIRECTED BY: George C. Wolfe SUMMARY: Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane), a woman with her life in chaos, retreats to the tiny coastal town of Rodanthe, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, to tend to a friend?s inn for the weekend. Here she hopes to find the tranquility she so desperately needs to rethink the conflicts surrounding her?a wayward husband who has asked to come home, and a teenaged daughter who resents her every decision. Almost as soon as Adrienne gets to Rodanthe, a major storm is forecast and Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere) arrives. The only guest at the inn, Flanner is not on a weekend escape but rather is there to face his own crisis of conscience. Now, with the storm closing in, the two turn to each other for comfort and, in one magical weekend, set in motion a life-changing romance that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives. MY THOUGTHS: I really liked the story, but the ending I am still unsure about. I didn't even for a second see that happening. I thought it was just going to be one of those predictable love stories. How very wrong I was. I am all for the non typical endings. But I wanted it to be typical in this film. It was just so sad. I really felt for the characters. Diane and Richard were great together. All of the acting was good. Seemed a little forced with Mae at times. But for most, all did a great job.

- LWOODS04, Sunday, May 9, 2010