Rodanthe Heavy on the Syrup

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2008 12:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tearjerker novel Nights in Rodanthe left some critics sobbing and others scowling. Now Unfaithful co-stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane are reunited for the movie version of the Nicholas Sparks romance, with a similar divide. The actors' "natural rapport" makes for a movie "one either utterly succumbs to or stubbornly resists," Brian Lowry writes in Variety.

The schmaltzy storyline proved too much for Laura Clifford at Reeling Reviews, who found "little to recommend" in the "goopy, disjointed weepie," despite the best efforts of its stars. "Fans of weepy romances will dig it," Matt Stevens concludes at E! Online. "The rest of us would prefer a battle with mutant killer rats." (Read more Richard Gere stories.)