Conclusion: I find it hard to believe that people really like these kind of manipulative tales of love. It's like ' Twilight ' without the vampires. It's just so silly. 'The Lucky One' lacks any true conviction. It lacks a humanistic side to the story it's telling.
Excerpt: Nicholas Sparks knows exactly who his audience is and, as exclusive as that may be, he knows he can find success writing directly to them. His books aren’t filled with brilliant ideas or commentary, just simple fantasy and romance that people can get lost in and then immediately forget.
Excerpt: Fate moves in mysterious ways, especially when writers need it to move mysteriously to keep their plots churning along. That’s only a problem when the contrivances start showing. No one likes, say, As You Like It or Oliver Twist because they reflect reality.
Conclusion: The Notebook may have had us blubbing but since then Nicholas Sparks adaptions have offered thin pickings for cinemagoers. For all Efron's boyish charms, this one could be the most ordinary of the lot.
Summary: Nicholas Sparks' good box-office fortunes may have run out with this heavy-handed (marsh) mallow-drama. The magnificent Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember seem like distant memories when confronted with this southern-set slice of syrupy and soapy romance.