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

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

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

Fresh: Something about Diane Lane's performance, especially in that third act, really got me involved in the film emotionally.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rotten: Most of the movie was cloying. All of it was predictable.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rotten: Though the stars are likable and attractive, the movie is a melodramatic and soppy affair.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, 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

2 stars

Chick Flick with Questionable actions 2 stars

- bbcfloridabound, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2 stars

The stars are above such treacly material but they do the best they can with it and Viola Davis is fun in her all too brief role.

- jjnxn, Wednesday, August 5, 2009