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The Choice

The Choice

Let your heart decide.Feb. 04, 2016 USA111 Min.PG-13
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Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

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(62) comments

  • Teigan DarcockFebruary 3, 2016Reply

    Typical Nicholas Sparks film

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  • David Ferguson ([email protected])February 4, 2016Reply

    Puppies in a basket

    Greetings again from the darkness. When the word formulaic is used to
    describe a movie or book, it’s typically meant as a disparagement. We
    must admit, however, that if the formula works, it only makes sense
    (and dollars) to stick with it. Most Hollywood blockbuster franchises
    are built around a basic formula – superheroes, romantic-comedies,
    alien invasions, etc. Author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) has taken
    his tragic-romance novel formula and turned it into big screen gold.
    This is the eleventh film developed from his writing, and it’s likely
    to be another successful entry into the Sparks canon.

    Director Ross Katz (Adult Beginners, 2015) is at the helm of the
    screenplay by Bryan Sipe (upcoming Demolition) and many of the familiar
    Sparks features are present. First off, the key players are all
    exceedingly attractive – Ralph Lauren model attractive. Secondly, there
    is a will they/won’t they romance that will of course happen and then
    may fall apart, but probably won’t. And third, some type of tragedy
    will occur that will kick off a stream of tears from a certain segment
    of the audience.

    This one begins with a narrator’s humble-brag promising to tell us the
    ”secret of life”. That narrator is Travis, played with an over-flowing
    abundance of southern charm by Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln:
    Vampire Hunter, 2012). His main vices are a tendency to use ”damn” to
    the point of overkill in most every conversation, and his natural
    ability to attract the ladies. Oh, and he has a rescue dog and a lake
    house and he is a veterinarian. See, in the Sparks universe, everyone
    is beautiful and successful. Travis has his eye on his new neighbor,
    who is pretending to be annoyed but mostly admits to playing a game of
    hard-to-get. This is Gabby (Teresa Palmer, Warm Bodies 2013), and she
    is beautiful and a doctor-to-be. Gabby’s current boyfriend is, of
    course, a handsome doctor. Ryan is played by Tom Welling (a bit heftier
    than his days as Clark Kent/Superman in ”Smallville”).

    The beautiful Maggie Grace (Taken) plays Travis’ sister, and Alexandra
    Daddario (San Andreas) plays Monica … she is not only beautiful, but
    she is also the nicest, most understanding and supportive ”other” woman
    ever seen on screen. Tom Wilkinson plays Travis’ veterinarian dad, and
    Sharon Blackwood plays the wise-cracking and match-making assistant
    Cora. If that’s not enough beauty and success for you, we also get
    ”puppies in a basket”! Come for the chuckles and tears … just not
    twists or surprises. Fans of this genre will get exactly what they
    want. It’s a romantic fantasy set in the somewhat realistic world of
    doctors, veterinarians, and equestrians. The faces are perfect. The
    dialogue is snappy without being demanding (even in the God
    discussion). Many scenes feature loyal dogs, or a serene lake, or the
    ”moon and stars”. Even the difficult parts of life – raising kids,
    health issues, etc – are given the ”yada, yada, yada” treatment. While
    Travis claims over and over that Gabby ”bothers him”, it’s the kind of
    bother that creates a cryfest in the theatre … whether things go right
    or wrong. It’s also the reason that all eleven Sparks films feature a
    couple of lovers on the poster. Just remember, if that formula works ….

  • supatubeFebruary 4, 2016Reply

    A Textbook Romantic Drama – whatever that’s suppose to mean.

    Another Nicholas Sparks’ (The Notebook) novel adapted for the screen
    where there’s some love, some sadness, some happiness and a dash of
    mystery. ‘The Notebook’ was such a captivating love story that it
    cemented Mr sparks word on romance as the only word. The many mediocre
    stories that followed proved otherwise. Perhaps it’s in the medium and
    the storyteller’s ability to take the novel and turn it into a
    successful screenplay? But ‘The Last Song’, where Mr Sparks flexed his
    screenplay talents, is without a doubt the worst of the bunch.

    Neighbours, Travis and Gabby, meet as most annoying neighbours meet, in
    a heated engagement over noise, which quickly turns from outrage to
    mild intrigue to full on schoolyard-smitten.

    She’s a doctor to be from a wealthy family and he a vet from modest
    upbringings – complete with a southern accent even though neither his
    sister nor father shares this accent. How peculiar. Was Benjamin Walker
    merely flexing his craft for accents or was it that nobody wants to
    hear Tom Wilkinson attempt a southern accent? And then how does one
    make the creative decision, do we remove the southern charm or remove
    Tom Wilkinson? You remove neither and pretend no one will notice,
    which, as you can see, totally worked. Smooth transition, my foreign
    soul totally couldn’t tell that the Parks family don’t share a familial
    speech pattern. But major digression there.

    So, the doctor to be and the wild and crazy animal doctor – I know
    right, a wild and crazy vet because that’s so common to find – more

    So, they flirt over a litter of puppies and with a few smooth moves are
    engulfed in the intoxication of the other. Things seem to be moving on
    swimmingly until things stop moving along swimmingly. Mainly because it
    gets a little boring. Or a lot boring, depending on the type of person
    you are. But the boredom is there, how much you want to drink up is
    entirely up to you. I personally could have had fifteen per cent less
    and a tad more T&A but apparently there’s more romance in the awkward
    middle than the sexy beginning.

    Give or take a few captivating moments, ‘The Choice’ is not as moving
    as ‘The Notebook’, nor is it as sexy as ”The Longest Ride” but it is
    nowhere near as brain-dead as ”The Last Song” – take that for what its

  • Jack FitzpatrickFebruary 5, 2016Reply

    It’s Nicholas Sparks, You either like these things or you don’t

    I’m about half way on the Nicholas Sparks Love – Hate scale. I feel
    roughly the same when it comes to all of these movies. I sit there,
    counting down the clichés and thinking about how it’s the same god damn
    thing, but I’m not tearing my eyes out. I’m not going to attack people
    for liking it, demand my money back after seeing it or try to call
    Nicholas Sparks mean names. I mean hell, he’s made eleven movies out of
    this gig, I guess he’s doing something right. And yes The Choice feels
    the same, and it’s not really anything new.

    Nicholas Sparks based movies tend to not be too strongly centred around
    the actual story, but the characters. The world doesn’t change around
    them, and the events effect nobody but the protagonists, but the
    relationship is why people bother in the first place. The Choice is no
    different and this is no surprise.

    The movie tells the story of a girl who moves in next door to a guy,
    they annoy each other and initially sort-of dislike each other, then
    time goes on and eventually end up loving each other… Then some other
    stuff happens. Look the actual story is nothing new. Have you seen Safe
    Haven? The Last Song? Countless other movies in this genre? Then you’ve
    seen this. The difference in these movies are the actual characters,
    however trivial or gimmicky these differences may be.

    Travis is a formulaic easy going guy with a southern accent and a
    cowboy attitude, he is loud and obnoxious and annoys the girl next
    door; Gabby, she’s an intelligent woman who’s interning to be a doctor…
    with some obligatory drama added in, these characters interact and we
    see their relationship grow throughout the film. This is used as an
    obligatory comparison between the two protagonists, as he’s introduced
    partying and listening to rock and roll. There are also some side
    characters in the film who are simply not people in any sense of the
    word. They play along as ‘Friend Number 1,’ ‘Friend number 2,’ and
    ‘friend 1’s wife’ and so on. They also seem have all of the free time
    in the world, can ditch their children whenever it’s convenient and
    look like they’re auditioning to advertise picnics on the cover of some
    magazine as they all smile for eternity and are nothing but absolutely
    perfect at having fun and partying. I’ll keep my complaints here
    limited, as this isn’t too big of a deal considering that they are side
    characters. Some other side characters with more depth however appear
    in the film too; Gabby’s boyfriend from the beginning of the film Ryan
    is a doctor whose parents own the hospital where she and he work. (They
    all have relationships that are super complicated to explain in these
    movies!) He’s predictably played off as some ‘Villain’ character even
    though he actually doesn’t do anything wrong… The morals regarding this
    part of the story I personally find to be pretty messy… If anything,
    Gabby is the villain… Travis’ family including his father and sister
    are also present. His sister doesn’t really have a story of her own but
    acts as a catalyst for dialogue. His father has a sad and cute little
    story of his own thrown in for good measure as well.

    The movie uses many open shots of lakes, beaches, stars and so on to
    romanticize everything in the film from something as prominent as the
    protagonists’ relationship to even minor details. Everything looks
    perfect. This movie is like an advertisement. It glorifies its’
    settings, praises its’ characters and unrealistically portrays a life
    of… perfectness. It’s an advertisement. You want to have a relationship
    like this, you want to live in a place like this and you want to be as
    happy as all of the perfect people in the movie. Anything that does go
    wrong is soon shown as a good thing because it showed how much
    characters loved each other or it helped in some way that wasn’t
    obvious at first.

    The dialogue is cheesy, but the actors are competent enough and do sell
    the emotion. Especially on Benjamin Walker’s part playing Travis, I
    admit he turned out to be pretty likable even after being initially
    unlikable. I even felt a little for him in the final act. Whether they
    are phoning it in or not, I believe that the actors do a good job here.
    Nothing ground-breaking in terms of film acting but nothing illusion
    breaking either.

    The writing does feel is lazy, as we fall back into elements taken
    straight out of the ten previous installments of this ‘franchise.’ It’s
    also extremely unbalanced. There is a part in the film where I could
    have sworn that could have been the ending and it would have been fine…
    But it just kept going… But if you just sit back and watch, it’s a cute
    little film to see on (or around) valentine’s day.

    Being predictable, full of exaggerated emotion and attempting to be as
    romantic as can possible be, The Choice is a hit or miss. See it or
    not. If you don’t see it you’re certainly not missing out too much, but
    if you want to see it, then by all means see it and you’ll get what you
    expect. It’s better than Safe Haven and not as good as The Notebook.
    But honestly that’s just splitting hairs. You’ve seen this before, but
    if it’s your type of film, you’ll probably enjoy it. Over all, I
    personally found the story to be somewhat lacking in originality, but
    the characters to be somewhat likable and the third act to be somewhat
    emotional despite being predictable and rushed. This movie’s no
    masterpiece, but it’s not offensive either. It’s fine. And hey! This
    one has dogs! I like dogs! 5/10

  • seshtFebruary 5, 2016Reply

    Watching paint dry, by-the-numbers

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  • keirafuentesFebruary 5, 2016Reply

    Nicholas Sparks most disappointing film.

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  • darrell_romineFebruary 6, 2016Reply

    Beautiful movie. Not for crabby, self-centered depressoids who want everything dark.

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  • Dave McClain ([email protected])February 6, 2016Reply

    Presented with ”The Choice”, I’d rather just watch ”The Notebook” again.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, ”The Choice” (PG-13, 1:51) is an 11 – and that’s
    a fact. Hmmm. Maybe I should clarify. It’s a fact this is the 11th
    Nicholas Sparks book to come to the big screen and that’s significant.
    Although the most popular Sparks adaptation is 2004’s ”The Notebook”,
    the author’s big-screen streak started at the end of the last century
    with the Kevin Costner starrer ”Message in a Bottle”. The film that
    rounds out Sparks’ first cinematic decathlon is 2015’s ”The Longest
    Ride”. On one hand, movie adaptations of his books have made a lot of
    money – an average of nearly 2 ½ times what they cost to make (and
    that’s in U.S. box office receipts alone)! On the other hand, only one
    Sparks film (”The Notebook”) garnered over 50% positive critical
    reviews as counted by Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. But who listens
    to the critics, right? I like to think you’re reading this review
    because the Movie Fan FB page is run by movie fans and for movie fans.
    But (big but)… in this case… we agree with the critics. We’ve enjoyed
    the Nicholas Sparks movies that we’ve seen (to varying degrees, of
    course) – including ”The Longest Ride” (his last one before this one)
    but ”The Choice”? Not so much. Allow me to explain… Travis Parker
    (Benjamin Walker) is a free-wheeling bachelor who lives in a big house
    on the waters of (what some people have taken to calling) the ”Inner
    Banks” of North Carolina. He has a boat, he’s handy with a hammer and
    he loves animals so much that he became a veterinarian. (Are you
    swooning yet?) He’s also handsome and charming – and he knows it. In
    fact, he uses his positives to flirt shamelessly and sometimes dates
    steadily… but never really commits. His new neighbor is Gabby Holland
    (Teresa Palmer). (Naturally, she lives right next door. All the better
    for Travis and Gabby to eyeball each other.) Gabby is pretty and has a
    killer bod. She’s smart enough to be a medical student, assertive
    enough to complain when the noise level next door interrupts her
    studying and she’s a fairly deep, spiritual person. She also loves
    animals. She and Travis each have big dogs, a female for Gabby and a
    male for Travis. Other than their pets, they have very little in common
    and their personalities often clash. Their first encounter includes
    Gabby yelling at Travis and Travis telling Gabby that she bothers him.
    In spite of (or maybe because of) all that, of course, they fall in
    love. (And if you think that’s a spoiler, then you probably don’t know
    who Nicholas Sparks is and probably wouldn’t be going to see this movie
    anyway.) It also won’t come as a surprise to most Movie Fans that
    Travis and Gabby’s romance quickly becomes more complicated than simply
    some differences in temperament and the way they see the world. For
    starters, they’re both already in relationships with other people.
    Gabby is practically engaged to the kind and handsome young Dr. Ryan
    McCarthy (Tom Welling) and Travis is ”off-and-on” with the beautiful
    and devoted Monica (Alexandra Daddario). But that doesn’t stop Travis
    or Gabby from flirting with each other and spending time together
    privately, and doing… other stuff, when Ryan is out of town and when
    Monica isn’t around. Meanwhile, Travis is being encouraged by his
    sister, Stephanie (Maggie Grace) and his father, Dr. Shep (Tom
    Wilkinson), who owns the veterinary practice where Travis works. Of
    course, sooner or later, Monica is going to come around again and Ryan
    is going to come back home. In the interest of avoiding actual
    spoilers, I won’t tell you how those inevitable encounters go and I
    won’t tell you about ”the choice” referenced in the movie’s title… even
    though the first scene strongly hints at it.

    ”The Choice” is predictable, overly formulaic and not very romantic.
    The movie emphasizes the cute over the cuddly. The cute scenes are a
    mixture of kind of cute and mildly annoying, while the romantic scenes
    need more… Sparks. The problems start with Sparks’ over reliance on an
    increasingly tired formula, Bryan Sipe’s unrealistic, immoral (with all
    that cheating and deception) and sometimes silly script and Ross Katz’
    uninspired direction, but the biggest problem is the two romantic
    leads. Walker seems to be borrowing too heavily from the Matthew
    McConaughey Book of Southern Charm, and, especially at certain angles,
    Walker looks distractingly like a young Liam Neeson (a perception just
    reinforced by seeing his character’s sister played by the same young
    woman who played Neeson’s daughter in the ”Taken” films). For her part,
    Palmer doesn’t do anything to make herself more alluring when her
    character starts to show interest in Walker’s character – or even make
    any effort to seem likable. Their acting is barely passable and, even
    worse, they have about as much on-screen chemistry as a couple of empty
    test tubes. As bad as all that is, the portion of the movie after the
    film’s titular dilemma is revealed, but before THE choice is actually
    made is interminable. Hard-core Nicholas Sparks fans may like this
    movie, but presented with… the choice, I’d suggest just watching ”The
    Notebook” again. My choice is to give this unromantic romance a ”D+”,
    while hoping that the next two Sparks adaptations (”At First Sight” and
    ”True Believer”) manage to be more touching… or, at least tolerable.

  • Steve PulaskiFebruary 6, 2016Reply

    Problematic in presentation, gender relations, and believability – your average Nicholas Sparks film adaptation

    As Nicholas Sparks’ film adaptations go, Ross Katz’s ”The Choice” is a
    better film than the bland ”Longest Ride” we got last year and
    certainly miles past the perplexing and downright unbelievable ”Safe
    Haven” in 2013. With that being said, it’s still burdened by the same
    kind of misguided tropes and cloying incredulity that makes each of
    these films a chore to sit through. These films come decorated in the
    same kind of clothing as the next, as they’re built from the ground up
    on impossibly romantic circumstances, characters that always look
    beautiful no matter what, a truly tragic plot device played up
    perfectly to engineer an emotional reaction rather than naturally
    warrant one, and a slew of ”perfect moments” to make your relationship
    with your significant other look like a slog. And, specific to this
    one, seriously questionable treatment of its female character. Happy
    Valentine’s Day.

    This time, we focus on Travis Parker (Benjamin Walker), a veterinarian
    working with his father (Tom Wilkinson) at his practice, living in the
    small coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina. Travis lives on his own
    and enjoys the peacefulness brought on by cold beer, his beach chair,
    and his dog, until his quietness is disrupted by his new neighbor Gabby
    Holland (Teresa Palmer). Gabby is a med student, who is currently
    dating a fellow doctor, but her playfully stubborn aura makes her all
    the more attractive to Travis.

    When her boyfriend leaves for a medical retreat for several weeks, the
    two succumb to intense emotional desires, have sex, and begin to that
    thing that so many young people do nowadays where they act like they’re
    dating to others, have sex and sleep together like they are, but really
    aren’t together. When her boyfriend gets back, Gabby immediately wants
    things to go back to the way things were before he left, leaving Travis
    out to dry, and making them both look like immature, stupid people who
    can’t appropriately handle or discuss their own baggage. Nonetheless,
    Gabby winds up breaking up with him and her and Travis wind up getting
    married and starting a family of their own.

    This may sound like I just went through the entire film’s plot, but
    that wouldn’t make sense since I never addressed the core ”choice” this
    film and its two lead characters love to talk about through narration.
    Well, ”the choice” comes towards the end, when a catastrophic accident
    occurs and leaves one of the parties with a big decision. However, Katz
    (who directed ”Adult Beginners” two years ago) and screenwriter Bryan
    Sipe rush through this whole circumstance at the end like it’s a big
    afterthought. The fundamental ”choice” of the film isn’t introduced
    until far too late in the picture, where it can’t develop, and as a
    result, feels like a tacked on conclusion.

    ”The Choice” is a tad more forgivable than many other Sparks-branded
    pictures because at least one of our leads has an ounce of personality
    this time around. Benjamin Walker’s, who already looks and talks like a
    young Colin Firth, Travis is a very snarky character throughout the
    picture, which at least makes him an interesting personality rather
    than a plastic presence. Teresa Palmer’s Gabby is a blander, more
    ordinary female lead, but her ability to handle the more dramatic
    scenes with competence makes up for her lack of character development.

    I think the most problematic thing about ”The Choice” as a whole is the
    strange way it tries to pass off unromantic instance as romantic, and,
    if we’re going to be completely critical of the film’s ideology here,
    almost makes a case for ”no means yes” misogyny that has plagued women
    for decades. Consider the scene when Travis drives all the way out to
    Gabby’s parents’ home, where she is staying for the weekend, to ask her
    parents for her hand in marriage. Gabby is clearly horrified by this
    entire circumstance, yet her mother and father are in awe of Travis’s
    conviction of wanting to marry her. Though she repeatedly says ”no” a
    good dozen times, her mother and father keep insisting that this is
    what’s best for her, going as far to say this is what she wants, and
    even encourage Travis by giving him a ring with which to propose. The
    next scene, they’re happily married in a church. What a strange,
    uncomfortable scene that illustrates the least romantic circumstance
    that basically tells Gabby’s character, ”stop resisting, smile, and
    accept the ring, you ingrate.”

    Getting all riled up about the gender relations in the latest Nicholas
    Sparks’ film is a losing battle in and of itself because these films
    are so contrived and detrimental not only to men and women but romantic
    expectations in general that pervasive analysis only warrants a
    headache. This is another loser in the long line of these mediocre,
    incredulous films that perpetuate false ideas of romance with the same
    narrative structure and emotional manipulation so much so that the
    white flag I’ve been waving at these films for the last few years, in
    utter defeat and contempt, has long been discolored.

  • jeene23February 6, 2016Reply

    Nice Locations…

    The movie uses many open shots of lakes, beaches, stars and so on to
    romanticize everything in the film from something as prominent as the
    protagonists’ relationship to even minor details. Everything looks
    perfect. This movie is like an advertisement. It glorifies its’
    settings, praises its’ characters and unrealistically portrays a life
    of… perfectness. It’s an advertisement. You want to have a relationship
    like this, you want to live in a place like this and you want to be as
    happy as all of the perfect people in the movie. Anything that does go
    wrong is soon shown as a good thing because it showed how much
    characters loved each other or it helped in some way that wasn’t
    obvious at first.

    The dialogue is cheesy, but the actors are competent enough and do sell
    the emotion. Especially on Benjamin Walker’s part playing Travis, I
    admit he turned out to be pretty likable even after being initially
    unlikable. I even felt a little for him in the final act. Whether they
    are phoning it in or not, I believe that the actors do a good job here.
    Nothing ground-breaking in terms of film acting but nothing illusion
    breaking either

  • zardoz-13February 9, 2016Reply

    Lackluster Romantics . . . Even By Sparks’ Standards

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  • Edgar Allan PoohFebruary 9, 2016Reply

    I’ve always enjoyed that Boy George song, which begins, ”Coma, coma, coma, coma, come, a comedian . . . ”

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  • kelly-89789February 13, 2016Reply

    The dog, Moby was the most credible character in the movie.

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  • washburnc12February 14, 2016Reply

    Excess Unlikeability

    First, the good parts of the movie: Maggie Grace and Tom Welling.
    Although their parts were relatively small, they consistently provided
    bright spots when they appeared and showed that they are still very
    likable people.

    Next, the bad parts of the movie (also referred to as ”everything
    else”). To quickly sum up Travis and Gabby: they are two unlikeable
    characters portrayed by two unlikeable actors (at least in this movie).
    From the start, there was no way to care about either one of these
    people or the forthcoming tragedy that all Nicholas Sparks’ films
    deliver. Everything about their relationship was just too unbelievable
    to take seriously. Needless to say, this was a very disappointing
    Sparks story for me and I wish I had waited for the DVD so I could have
    hit the fast forward button.

  • HorrorliefhebberFebruary 20, 2016Reply

    Not that bad.

    ***For me this movie is successful in contrast that it is noted that he
    by a formulary something and with negative reviews would be laden,
    although I do not know the previous work of Nicholas Sparks i have been
    fascinated by the film and slightly emotional undergone certainly
    toward the end.***

    -The Choice is a 2016 American romantic drama film directed by Ross
    Katz and written by Bryan Sipe, based on Nicholas Sparks’ 2007 novel of
    the same name about two neighbors who fall in love at their first
    meeting. The film stars Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace,
    Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, and Tom Wilkinson.

    -Principal photography began on October 13, 2014, in Wilmington, North
    Carolina. Lionsgate released the film on February 5, 2016.

    –Critical response: -The Choice has received negative reviews from
    critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 8%, based on 59
    reviews, with an average rating of 3.5/10. The site’s critical
    consensus reads, ”Like the 10 Nicholas Sparks movies before it, The
    Choice finds tragedy striking star-crossed lovers in the sun-dappled
    South – yet even for those who loved its predecessors, this gauzy
    melodrama may feel painfully formulaic.” Metacritic reports a score of
    26 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating ”generally unfavorable
    reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average
    grade of ”B+” on an A+ to F scale.

    -Frank Schenk of the Hollywood Reporter criticized the film as being
    ”the cinematic equivalent of staring at a Hallmark Card for two hours.”
    A. A. Down of the A.V. Club called it ”a formulaic mush”. Moira
    Macdonald of the Seattle Times wrote the film ”moves inexorably to its
    inevitable tear-jerky end.” Andrew Barker of Variety describes the film
    as ”beginning as a merely mediocre retread of standard Sparksian
    tropes, veering off into self-parody around the hour-mark, and finally
    concluding with one of the most brazenly cynical climaxes recently
    committed to film.” Devan Coggan of Entertainment Weekly concluded that
    the film was a ”predictable, recycled mess.

  • steve beard ([email protected])February 20, 2016Reply

    Good Date Movie

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  • zorra-10805February 27, 2016Reply

    I enjoyed this movie!!

    I don’t care what any of you say, this was a great love story. They
    met, Fell in love, and the journey along the way was for me , great to
    watch! I want to watch it again! It was great! Everyone loves a good
    love story and sometimes shedding tears! This movie was actually a good
    fun movie!! As I read reviews on this movie all I could think of was
    how harsh they were! I enjoyed it, everyone in the movie theatre
    enjoyed it, I looked around and people were crying JUST LIKE ME! Gisele
    this movie if you have a kind heart and love Love stories! I didn’t
    read the book but darn sure will be buying the movie! It’s fun to see a
    true love movie!

  • bbwadmirer2007February 29, 2016Reply

    Pretty good movie (spoiler included)

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  • mary-02811March 1, 2016Reply

    the choice

    this movie was the greats movie that i have seen this year am glad that
    i saw this movie on the day it came out am glad. that this movie is
    about a man that is try to be a lady man. well he is a lady man and
    this girl that is a medical student at this time they were neighbor.
    she wasn’t like him because all he was ever was wanting to be loud her
    boyfriend at this time is a doctor. she just didn’t now she was falling
    in love with the vet. her boyfriend ends up going on a trip. and she
    decides to hang out with the guy next door turns out wasn’t a good idea
    because they end up having sex and. at the end she gets in a comma at
    that time she already ha kids and is married so her husband the=at is
    the vet needs to sign paper just in case she doesn’t wake up.

  • alexandriagrahamMarch 1, 2016Reply

    The Choice

    I recommend anyone who likes or doesn’t like love stories to see this.
    I am not a big ”love movie” type of person and i loved the movie it was
    amazing. The character were amazing and also extremely attractive.I
    give this movie 10 stars. and i would go see it again. The setting was
    beautiful and it didn’t have a horrible ending like most movies. You
    can see this movie with anyone. I went to see this movie with my best
    friend and it was still so good. and you could see it with your
    boyfriend and it would be awkward at all. Nicolas sparks is one of the
    writer so it was bound to be a great movie. The love story wasn’t the
    typical love story it was like more real life and thats why i loved
    this movie so much.

  • gsandemanApril 8, 2016Reply

    We loved this movie.

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  • tena_vApril 19, 2016Reply

    Loyal Sparks fan

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  • meganhebdigeApril 24, 2016Reply

    its a great film for you romance lovers! and dog lovers!

    The choice is a romantic involving 2 main character: Travis and
    gabby.the film is about Travis having to make a decisions which may
    save gabby’s life. They start off with a little friendship but it
    escalates very quickly as they have a very strong connection and you
    see the real side of them come out from being around the other person
    and yes for you dogs lovers there are very cute puppies in it too. The
    film is very intriguing and is a good film to watch.I didn’t want to
    give it away in what happens but if you watch the trailer i’m sure you
    will be very curious to what happens and will want to watch. Enjoy the
    film if you are going to watch.

  • juanmuscleApril 26, 2016Reply

    Not a choice, just a deep longing…

    to have this really cool script be as long as the novel on the screen!
    lol! You had me at, well I don’t know exactly where I fell for this
    lil’ tale, yet I know I fell hard, lurching over the precipice where
    only bubble headed chicks dare to dream, I too began to swoon at how
    delicately and carefully crafted the impassioned filaments which make
    up the warp and woof of this immemorial ultra-classic romance unfolded
    before my grey pebbled eyes. Lurching over that place most people
    languish deep in dreams of yore or a surreal foretaste to requite
    beyond the horizon of concupiscence, I was borne, transfigured, and
    transcended. Poised high on a solitary perch, by and by, I lurched with
    quickened pulse, pitched to manumit my hitherto tethered heart and
    descended headlong toppling down into an abyss hand in hand with this
    really sweet script, tickled by all sweet Southern charm one can
    swallow. I know I fell cause when it was all over and the dust settled,
    not only my bruised achy bum achy, but my head and my lil’ heart as
    well. Bleeding gooey aches of sappy love all over my bloody heart – I
    realized: ‘Dang It, It Bothered me.’ Really cute flix, really adorable,
    I did not read the novel, I just hope the adaptation was formidable to
    proper novel probity. But either way, as a tale in this medium, it
    played out really nicely, every scene plucking harder and tugging
    faster at an already achy breaky heart.

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])May 1, 2016Reply

    This was, to me, the best of all the movies made from his books. The characters were actually real and believable.

    ”Every path you take leads to another choice. Some choices change
    everything.” Travis (Walker) is a confirmed bachelor who loves being
    single and doing what he wants. When his new neighbor Gabby (Palmer)
    shows up at his house everything in him changes. Now Travis will stop
    at nothing to be with her. After all his pursuits he finally wins her
    over, but when the unthinkable happens Travis must once again make a
    choice that will affect both of their lives forever. Going in to this I
    was not excited at all. I know 99% of women love the Nicholas Sparks
    movies, but for me they are just too ridiculous. In the Notebook the
    main guy builds the woman he is obsessed with a house. In The Lucky One
    within a week of meeting the girl he fixes her car, boat and teaches
    her son to play baseball. It is hard for me to get past the perfect man
    image that is portrayed and they really lose me. Again, being a guy I
    am not the target audience for these movies. All that said this was, to
    me, the best of all the movies made from his books. The characters were
    actually real and believable. There were no over the top scenes and I
    was actually into this movie more than I expected. Without ruining
    anything, the ending did get over the top cheesy for me and lost me a
    little, but since this is a chick flick that is to be expected.
    Overall, it could have been because of my expectations but this was not
    a bad movie at all and is a date night movie women will love and men
    will be able to watch without too much pain. I surprisingly, extremely
    surprisingly, give this an A-.

  • capone666May 3, 2016Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews….

    The Choice

    The hardest part of having a loved one in a coma is knowing when to
    pull the plug on their cable subscription.

    However, the hopeful husband in this romance hasn’t called DirecTV just

    Adversaries from the get-go, Gabby (Teresa Palmer) deplores her new
    neighbour Travis (Benjamin Walker). But with her boyfriend (Tom
    Welling) overseas, she begins to see Travis in a new light after
    learning he’s the town’s vet alongside his father (Tom Wilkinson).

    When Gabby and Travis marry, an accident leaves her in a vegetative
    state, and him with the choice of terminating her life support.

    With its laughable dialogue, elongated exposition and ham-fisted leads,
    this latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation is one of the worst. In fact,
    the religious undertones of the ending are nothing but an idealistic
    cop out to this complex issue.

    As for the best way to rouse your comatose wife: bring your mistress
    ’round the hospital.

    Red Light

  • DavidMay 4, 2016Reply

    An ambition to feel fresh but unfortunately it doesn’t

    Time for Nicholas Sparks’ next film The Choice. I’ve previously here on
    Filmografen, ranked Sparks’ films from best to worst and did then
    exclude this film because I hadn’t seen it yet. The Choice is about
    Travis, a charming womanizer from the southern parts of USA. He lives
    by the sea and approach life in an easy manner. Gabby, a studying
    doctor, moves in next door and they immediately start to annoy each
    other. But what at first seems as dislike soon turns into interest and
    they begin a romance. But life isn’t always a dance on roses and of
    course problems and dilemmas awaits around the corner.

    The Choice is a very typical Nicholas Sparks film and it contains most
    elements associated with his films. Questions about religion, a past
    incident or a memory that’s been repressed and also somebody that died.
    I actually think that it starts out pretty good and it feels typical
    but still new. Drama and problems are not as enhanced as they usually
    are and their relationship feels normal. Usually there are extreme
    events such as a soldier saved by a woman from a photo or some other
    girl running away from a weird man, straight into the arms of a
    troubled one. The introduction sort of gives a clue of what to come,
    but at the same time we are offered a little twist near the end.

    I am both half happy and disappointed after having seen The Choice. I
    think they’ve been sloppy at times with the cinematography and despite
    the stunning locations, they often go with close-ups on the actors
    faces. Perhaps to hide the fact that they are shooting in a studio and
    if not, pity with such great outside locations. I don’t think I can
    expect fresh new stuff from Mr Sparks in the near future and that’s a
    shame. Perhaps many of his films are in fact on the same level but the
    more the concept and the story are used over and over again, the less
    interesting the film gets. I still think though, compared to for
    example The Longest Ride or The Lucky One, that here there was an
    ambition to create more realism and credibility, at least for the first
    30 – 45 minutes. Then it sort of dies out and at the end I just feel,
    well that was that, and what really was the meaning of that. The Choice
    could have been made better, the opportunity was there

    David Lindahl –

  • lavatchMay 4, 2016Reply

    Magic in the Moonlight

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  • troy-manatungaMay 5, 2016Reply

    If you have seen one, you have seen it all.

    The girl next door and the bad boy on the spot, fall in love and are
    swept on a dreamy journey of their own through the moon and the stars
    and the soppy details of a birthing romance that will only be the
    greatest story ever to unfold just for the two of them. The thing about
    love is that its only as great as the two of you. Its almost as I have
    seen this movie before! How different can this one be? Especially
    considering the fact that this is the 11th Nicolas Spark novel to be
    made into a movie. His system works for some reason. It brings in the
    attention of the production houses and his ideas manage to pull in
    decent dollars. So why mess with a system that works? Lets just go
    ahead and make the pictures.

    Travis (Benjamin Walker); the Casanova, the ladies man, the village
    veterinarian lives the life we all dream of in terms of a summer
    holiday. A home by the water, beautiful garden overlooking a crystal
    blue lake, a BBQ grill, the solitary tree besides which his lawn chair
    sits, that makes the sunsets just magical to soak in with a beer in
    hand with his trusty canine to the side. Picturesque! Typical Nicolas
    Sparks ”Bad Boy” Protagonist…. Check! Across the fence a dream catcher
    chimes in the wind. Introducing the Gabby (Teresa Palmer), short
    tempered of sorts, beautiful golden hair, alluring eyes, fragile smile,
    no make up and sweat pants. The picture is complete with this. Here we
    are given the standard Nicolas Sparks ”Girl Next Door” …. Check!

    Any guesses on what will happen next? I think you know. A flirtatious,
    sensual 111 minutes of how Travis and Gabby composes their own little
    story that has been told one too many times. With no intricacy to the
    characters of any sorts to build upon Walker and Palmer pull off
    exceptional acting capturing the innocence of any budding romance.
    Director Ross Katz indeed is a man with a vision. He knew exactly what
    he is doing and the leads new how to hit the nail on the head. I was
    moved – momentarily of course. The screenplay is too disconnected for
    the rest of the cast to matter on any level except for the character of
    Steph (Maggie Grace) the sister, who is used as a launching pad for
    Palmer to find her footing in the picture.

    A must-watch if you have not seen any of the Nicolas Sparks adaptations
    (Only reason being – you need to have watched at least one Nicolas
    Sparks adaptation- I would recommend A WALK TO REMEMBER). If you have
    seen one, you have seen it all.

    Isolated brilliance in performance and direction based on a
    texture-less screen play.

    Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace & Tom Wilkinson RATED:PG13 RATING: 04/10
    RUNTIME: 111 Minutes

  • terrellrobinson71May 10, 2016Reply

    The Least Surprising of the Nicholas Sparks Books-to-film Adaptations…but still worth watching thanks to the two leads

    Forgive me for saying this, but I’m a sucker for love stories. I’m more
    familiar with the Nicholas Sparks brand because I remember the first
    time I actually got involved with his stories and that was ”A Walk to
    Remember”. It’s been 14 years since that wonderful movie and 17 years
    since his first book-to-film being ”Message in a Bottle” and it seems
    that the Sparks brand is still going and so far, he has written 18
    books with one more coming out later this year and 11 of his books has
    been translated to the screen. The 11th is the more recent one and that
    is ”The Choice”. Now, I’ll be honest. We know where this stuff is
    going, we know that it’s predictable and we know where the twists are
    at. Still, ”The Choice” is an impressive movie and what made me chose
    this movie are the two stars that made me smile and care as two
    characters who have two separate choices to make in their lives. After
    she made a terrific lead turn in one of my favorite surprises of 2013,
    ”Warm Bodies”, the always luminous Teresa Palmer keeps that star
    shining even brighter as Gabby Holland, a young nurse who moves to
    North Carolina and is the next-door neighbor of Travis Shaw (Benjamin
    Walker), a veterinarian who is a fun-loving party animal who hangs out
    with his friends and loves to drive girls crazy. Their friendship
    immediately starts off on the wrong foot when Gabby’s dog gets pregnant
    and she blames him for letting his dog impregnate her. He asks her out,
    she rebuffs him. Mainly that’s because she has a boyfriend in Dr. Ryan
    McCarthy (Tom Welling), who goes out of town. Also Travis gets
    blind-sighted by Monica (Alexandra Daddario), the girl his friends call
    ”the boomerang”. Anyway, he takes a liking to her, even though she
    ”bothers” him, and then their friendship turns into something more than
    that. Then, in the tradition of Sparks, a tragedy happens and Travis
    and Gabby has to make two different choices. For Gabby, which man does
    she want to wake up with the next morning. For Travis, it’s something a
    little more personal that I can’t reveal. Usually, I stick around for
    the third-act of any Sparks movies to find out what happens next, but
    the third-act of ”The Choice” is very obvious and somewhat dry. Like I
    said, we know what happens throughout the story, even if the final
    effect turns out to be something a little different. But what saves the
    movie and that last act are the magnetic chemistry of Palmer and
    Walker. Even though they may not match the magic of Noah & Allie,
    Landon & Jamie, Luke & Sophia, John & Savannah….and so on, Travis &
    Gabby are appealing, flawed and earnest people. They do argue with one
    another most of the time, but there is a lot of love there for the rest
    of the time. These two actors have it, especially Walker (remember him
    as ”Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”?), who shows a lot of emotions
    that shows up right in the final act. The movie also gets some solid
    support from Maggie Grace as Travis’s sister, Stephanie and Tom
    Wilkinson, still superb as always as Dr. Shep, who is Travis’s dad and
    also a veterinarian. It’s also not afraid to show some humor in there
    too. Whether you think it’s intentional or unintentional, well, that’s
    your choice. I like the movie and the actors, so that’s my opinion.
    However, I think that Mr. Sparks should try something a little more
    original and unpredictable. I know there’s a reason why he’s called the
    master of romance because he does appeal to the women as well as the
    hopeless romantics. He does produces some lavishing productions,
    though. I’m only hoping for it and I’m just saying.

  • 851222May 18, 2016Reply

    OK flick if you like Nicholas Sparks adaptations

    Greetings from Lithuania.

    I think people and especially critics were a little bit to harsh on
    ”The Choice” (2016). While it as usually has many, many, many eye
    rolling moments (and did i say many?), predictable plot ”twists”, meet-
    cute love, some descent photography of beautiful sight seeings of the
    most romantic and beautiful place on Earth (accoring to Nicholas
    Sparks) – North Carolina – this flick isn’t bad. It has more then OK
    acting by both leads and OK performance by a great Tom Wilkinson, some
    very nice pacing (at running time 1 h 44 min this movie barely drags)
    and … that’s pretty much it about good things.

    Overall – this is corny as hell and far from the best or even good
    Nicholas Sparks adaptations, still this is not a bad movie to see it
    once, if you know what are you getting into.

  • endorableMay 19, 2016Reply

    The worst. or best.. compilation of romantic clichés ever. Spoiler alert!

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  • lauren_harvellMay 22, 2016Reply

    My favorite Nicholas Sparks Movies so Far.

    I have seen all but 2 of his movies A night in rodanthe and message in
    a bottle. Which I plan on watching them soon. And I have to say this is
    the best one I think. I loved it. I would definitely watch it again.
    And I would recommend others to watch it. Nicholas Sparks is one of my
    favorite authors. I love how Travis tells Gabby to come bother him
    again. Instead of the normal just come back to me. The choice is a
    different take on a love story. Most love story are the same but this
    one has some twists in it. Good twists though. Love love love it. I can
    not wait to go buy this movie on DVD. And until Nicholas Sparks next
    book or movie.

  • pc95May 28, 2016Reply

    Drags on Downward

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  • Desertman84June 1, 2016Reply

    A Fair Nicholas Sparks Novel Film Adaptation

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  • Bob RutzelJune 2, 2016Reply

    Good Love Story

    Veterinarian Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) falls in love with his new
    neighbor and medical student Gabby (Teresa Palmer). They marry, have
    kids and there is an accident and one of them has to make a life and
    death Choice. Hey, you did see the title of this, right?

    Just like you need – from time to time – a really good, tasty
    cheeseburger you also need – from time to time- to watch a really good
    love story to let you know there is more to life than that really good,
    tasty cheeseburger. (stop already, I’m getting hungry) Having relative
    newcomers star in this makes everything seem more real than having
    seasoned actors star because we are not sure what the newcomers are
    going to do next.

    This goes along at a good pace as the relationship builds with good
    flirty dialogues and really good serious dialogues later on. If truth
    be told we see that the serious dialogues prove to be the real winners
    in here. Also, the intensity in Travis’ eyes from time to time when he
    looks at Gabby reminded me of the intensity of Bubba Watson’s (pro
    golfer) eyes as he contemplates his next shot. And it is here we see
    something more real than was anticipated. And, of course, because Gabby
    is very pretty, the chemistry between them is spot on. (you falling in
    love again?)

    Notables: It was nice to see Tom Welling as Ryan, the boyfriend before
    Travis. I hardly recognized him as he had bulked up to such a degree he
    could now play Superman (he played a young Clark Kent in the TV
    Smallville series). And Tom Wilkinson as Shep, Travis’ doctor father.

    This is very enjoyable and yet, we know an accident will happen later
    on and someone has to make a choice and everything is intensified. Keep
    a box of Kleenex handy as you are going to need it.

    This movie is on par with THE BEST OF ME, by the same author Nicholas
    Sparks. (9/10)

    Violence: Yes, the accident. And Ryan does punch Travis. Sex: Yes, but
    nothing graphic. Nudity: No. Language: No.

  • movieliker1June 5, 2016Reply

    Good, but No Surprises.

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  • Bloomquist18June 19, 2016Reply

    Perfect cozy night with wife Chick Flick

    I usually don’t write reviews, but this movie was fantastic. The movie
    pulled at your heart throughout the entire movie. Its funny, sexy, and
    sad with a case of real life thrown in for good measure. The characters
    are fantastic, and the setting on the coast if beautiful. Did you ever
    have that real love in your live, and you could feel it slipping away,
    well this is the movie for you. What did you do to get it back, or to
    try and get it back? Did you walk away and say it wasn’t meant to be,
    or did you fight for it? Did you give it your all? Well, take a watch
    of this one, and see what happens. You will be glad you went for a
    spin. Be prepared for a roller coaster for ups and downs on the
    emotional scale. In the end, can you make The Choice?

  • asinyneJune 24, 2016Reply

    where were the super heroes and explosions

    A very romantic and enjoyable film. A lot of people will hate it
    because of the lack of computer graphics. For my money the leading lady
    in a bikini is a testament again to the fact God creates much greater
    beauty than anything man can dream up. I have enjoyed most of the
    Sparks films. They are laid back and stress love. What people don’t
    like about that is hard to figure. Maybe if the neighbor had been
    wonder woman or transgender or whatever it would have gotten rave
    reviews. I watched it with my daughter and I almost teared up. The
    scenery is grand too, makes you want to move south (dont forget the
    heat tho, its brutal) OK, I liked it and you will too if you have a
    heart inside your chest or you are a guy who digs extremely pretty
    females Like I do.

  • diana_9376June 27, 2016Reply

    Cringe worthy movie (Spoiler altert!)

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  • nabilladhaniJuly 27, 2016Reply

    Too fast

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  • pkperaSeptember 1, 2016Reply

    Not happening on this planet, actually

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  • Reno RanganSeptember 14, 2016Reply

    When a veterinarian meets a doctor.

    Not for the current generation, the film was at least 20 years late. On
    the other hand, I think the direction is not good. Even the casting
    looks so bad. There are lots of big names for the women characters.
    Even for the tiny roles, Maggie Grace and Alexandra Daddario appeared.
    And I could not find one good male actor, apart from Tom Wilkinson.
    Sorry to say, but the lead actor was not the perfect choice. Besides, I
    find Teresa Palmer was over-performed her parts. If you have seen many
    romance flicks, you will find it cliché in the many segments.

    It was based on the book of the same name written by the ‘The Notbeook’
    author. It is his another signature romance tale, but somewhat
    different from all his books those made into the films. I did not come
    here to write bad about it, but I could not find any good stuffs about
    it to give some credits. Maybe the location was great and music. The
    fun part is, I did not know anything about it, so when I decided to
    watch, I saw the poster and assumed it was a lesbian theme. Funny, but
    disappointed after realising the mistake.

    Still, some of the dialogues were below par, not romantic when those
    were delivered and then there’re some silly scenes like the dog finding
    the lost object, including its following event. Those things make it
    more a supernatural film than actual world romance. The film is for a
    selected audience, I’m sure the film will find its audience today,
    tomorrow or even decades to come. But there will be people like me on
    the corner who say the film is not good, so ignore them if you really
    want to try it and decide yourself.


  • TxMikeSeptember 18, 2016Reply

    All the ‘choices’ we make over our lives determine where we end up.

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  • bkoganbingOctober 17, 2016Reply

    Travis and Gabby

    Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer star in The Choice and the thesis of
    this romantic treatise is that life is made up of choices and what
    decisions we make set the course of our lives, especially our love

    In the case of Palmer she’s a medical student and involved with a rich
    young doctor. But on a fateful night she meets up with Walker who is a
    veterinarian, a neighbor, and a kid from the wrong side of the tracks.
    Palmer is involved with Tom Welling late of Smallville who is a doctor
    from a wealthy family. But one fine day Welling goes to Atlanta to set
    up what sounds like an HMO. While he’s away Walker and Palmer after a
    fashion decide they’re right for each other. It’s wedding bells and
    kids and a few years of wedded bliss.

    But ‘happily ever after’ isn’t for them at least just yet. Palmer made
    the critical choice to marry Walker. Later though it is Walker who is
    stuck with an even more critical choice involving Palmer.

    Walker and Palmer play well against each other, they have a good
    affirmative chemistry for the screen. The Choice is a nice romantic
    comedy/drama about true love and what it can cost.

  • jfshoemakerOctober 26, 2016Reply

    The Choice is a 2016 movie made from a Nicholas Sparks book.

    The Choice (2016)


    Travis Walker is a carefree man that lives in a small town. His only
    responsibilities include his dog and the job he loves. He has a love
    for women, but is not the type of man that you would see settling down
    at anytime. This changes when a beautiful woman named Gabby Palmer, who
    has a love for dogs and a firecracker personality, moves in next door.
    As a rough first impression puts Travis on her bad side, he will do all
    it takes to win Gabby over. When Travis finally gets his way and all
    seems to be going as planned, the most horrible event happens. Travis
    is put on the spot and forced to make the hardest decision of his life.
    This decision will not only affect him, but most of the others in the
    movie also. The movie is all about the choices made in life and how to
    deal with the outcomes of your choices, which is a great life lesson.

    Characters: 8/10

    The cast in this film is overall pretty good. Most of them seem to be
    experienced in their field and love doing what they do, which is
    obvious by how well they play their parts. In some films it is obvious
    that the actors are inexperienced and might be trying too hard to play
    the part. In a good actor the part should come naturally. I only
    noticed an actor or two that were the so called ”try hard” actors that
    weren’t very good at playing their assigned part. For example, the
    character Gabby seems to over exaggerate her part throughout the movie.
    She plays the part with excitement, but it seems a little forced and
    awkward for her. Since Gabby is such a big role in the movie, I gave
    this section an 8 because I feel like that one character really changed
    the tone of the movie. The majority of the remaining cast looked very

    Story Line: 9/10

    For the most part, the story line was easy to follow throughout the
    whole film. It was not often that you felt the need to rewind and
    re-watch something because it did not make sense. However, this movie
    is a love story, so sometimes those can get slightly confusing when
    dealing with indecision about feelings. The love story aspect is the
    only thing that slightly messed with my head throughout the movie,
    which is why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10. Overall I really like the
    story line and the outcome of the movie. I think the story really
    flowed and was a romance pleaser. When tragedy strikes the young couple
    it’s time to hold on and stick with it to the end. Even though this
    part of the story is hard to watch, its not something you will want to
    miss. The ending really teaches a great lesson that anyone could use in
    life. I feel as if the great story line takes this film out of the
    strictly chick flick category.

    Predictability: 4/10

    This film is very predictable, but this should not make someone refuse
    to watch it unless you absolutely hate being able to predict the end.
    If you are familiar with Nicholas Sparks’ previous novels that have
    been made into films, you know that they are predictable love stories.
    This does not mean that the story and plot are bad, though. I gave the
    predictability aspect a 4/10 because I felt like I knew how it was
    going to end even from the beginning of the movie. There are tragedies
    that happen throughout that are not expected, but the ending is still
    pretty easy to call out. As stated above I really like the story, which
    is why I think even though it is predictable it is still a movie that
    can be enjoyed.

    Overall Score: 7/10

    I think that this movie is overall pretty good. The film is fit for
    just about anyone, even though it is a romance. I believe that anyone
    could get into the story line and really enjoy themselves while
    watching it. Yes, the story is predictable, but do not let that stop
    you from giving the film a chance. Many people probably will not watch
    it because they believe it is a chick flick, but I think that this is a
    silly term used and not a very good excuse to not watch a movie.
    However, I think that the moral of this movie is really good and
    everyone can learn a lesson from watching it.

    If you would like to see the review that includes pictures, go to this

  • SnoopyStyleNovember 15, 2016Reply

    another Nicholas Sparks

    Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) is a veterinarian living on the North
    Carolina coast. His younger sister Steph (Maggie Grace) is staying with
    him. He’s dating Monica (Alexandra Daddario). He works with his father
    (Tom Wilkinson). He’s a ladies’ man and everybody loves him except his
    new neighbor Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer). Her dog Molly got pregnant
    and she suspects his dog Moby. She hates his roguish charms. She’s a
    medical student going out with fellow doctor Ryan McCarthy (Tom

    I’m not that impressed with Benjamin Walker. Teresa Palmer does a funny
    infuriated uptight girl. Despite not buying into Walker’s charms, I’m
    willing to buy the couple’s chemistry. It culminates to a funny
    proposal. Then the movie struggles. It’s another Nicholas Sparks book
    but this time, the prerequisite tragedy has nothing interesting to
    offer. It’s not a good movie to start with but the last act meanders to
    a nothing ending.

  • Claudio CarvalhoNovember 26, 2016Reply

    Enjoyable Love Story

    In a small coastal town, the veterinarian Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker)
    works with his father Shep (Tom Wilkinson) and is very close to his
    beloved sister Steph (Maggie Grace). Travis is very successful with the
    women and dates Monica (Alexandra Daddario) every now and then. When
    the resident Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) moves to the next door
    house, she initially believes he is a pretentious man. But when her
    boyfriend Ryan MacCarthy (Tom Welling), who is fellow doctor in the
    same hospital where she works, needs to travel to another city, Gabby
    and Travis have a relationship and fall in love with each other. Out of
    the blue, Ryan returns and proposes to marry her. Now Gabby has to make
    a choice between her two loves.

    ”The Choice” is enjoyable love story with nice characters divided in
    two parts, beginning with a witty romance and ending with a
    heartbreaking drama. Teresa Palmer is the greatest attraction and never
    disappoints. The fat Tom Welling surprises those that followed the
    ”Smalville” series. The unknown Benjamin Walker has a good performance
    and his declaration of his love to Gabby’s family is the best part of
    this film. My vote is seven.

    Title (Brazil): ”A Escolha” (”The Choice”)

  • kosmaspDecember 11, 2016Reply

    Gabby’s choice

    So according to the movie, life either breaks you, or if it doesn’t
    succeed it kills you. It doesn’t clarify if you have a saying in that
    matter (aka choice). But while you may feel I’m being too sarcastic
    about the dialog, I can tell you that I am happy if you can endure some
    of it and actually enjoy it.

    Especially the first encounter of our two main characters (let’s keep
    it real here: you know where this is going)! Palmers character is being
    insulted over and over again (being made fun of, with the same pun
    too!). Now I personally would consider this as annoying. Then again,
    this is a movie and it does what it feels like.

    There’s a lot of easy ways outs in this one and a lot of extra drama
    where it’s not needed but just put on. It’s like: ”we need some sparks
    here. Let the fight a little. But not too much, just a soft slap and
    some ”witty” comments. Maybe make them sound funny too if possible?”.

    Again, you know what you get yourself into, in a world with beautiful
    people being fantastic and sometimes a little bit grumpy. Don’t blame
    me if you get annoyed by it. But accept it and embrace it for what it
    is and you’ll have fun I reckon

  • dylanbatesonJanuary 2, 2017Reply

    Teresa Palmer is absolutely mesmerizing and amazing to watch in The Choice

    Absolutely enjoyed this film for Teresa Palmer, otherwise known as
    ”Gabby” is so beautiful through her acting, personality, and
    appearance. With the addition to Benjamin Walker, otherwise known as
    ”Travis” they compliment and build off of each other so very well that
    the movie is actually brought to life and shows so much more meaning
    then the film can grasp. Gabby is truly a wonderful lady and I’m sure
    she resembles a lot of the true personality traits of Teresa Palmer
    herself in real life for her acting was so breathtaking that it was
    like second nature to her. Truthfully I don’t watch a lot of movies
    that deal with romance and never heard of Nicholas Sparks but from my
    mother and sister. I am a normal down to earth, happy go lucky guy who
    enjoys a good laugh.These aspects that most people rave about don’t
    interest me, such as a movie actually isn’t real life, but yet The
    Choice has found my Number #1 best movie slot in my mind, The Choice
    truly moved me and through Teresa Palmer’s stunning work I see life
    truly is ”held together by choices, all shapes and sizes, right or
    wrong doesn’t matter, because life just keeps unfolding, It won’t wait
    around for you, If you sit still it can pass you by altogether, I guess
    I’d like to believe that all of these choices are made for us as soon
    as we enter this world, because if that’s true, then we’re exactly
    where we’re supposed to be”(Gabby). This quote from The Choice is held
    true to me in my belief thanks to Gabby, for I would not had heard it
    if it wasn’t for her, she always says what needs to be said and says it
    perfectly. Thank you Teresa Palmer for you are an astonishing actress
    and in all my dreams would I get to see you one day.

  • RHLJanuary 12, 2017Reply

    Take note, book this great romance!

    I can’t believe the negative critiques!! You have a good idea before
    the film starts that this is going to be a romantic story so if that’s
    not for you… then don’t watch!!! I, however, wanted to see another
    story by the brilliant Nicholas Sparks and, even though I approached
    this film with a little hesitation and doubt because I didn’t know the
    main actors, I was absolutely rewarded with a wonderful, poignant and
    heart-rending story which I loved. The setting is idyllic and the
    fabulous cinematography admirably captures this and the performances
    are superb… I’m not going to detail any of the story but it kept me
    enthralled and I’d say it’s on a par (at least) with the Note Book!
    Bright, fun, moving and charmingly captivating.

  • asgarhaider8January 21, 2017Reply

    heart touching romance

    There are seldom such films that touches my heart and i wish to watch
    it a few more times. The best book adaptation film after Notebook from
    Nicholas Sparks. The romance it carries is such beautifully personified
    by both the characters. The country side scenario of Wilhemina, NC was
    such soothing views along with the movie plot. Such simple story yet
    portray a powerful romantic voice. Teresa Palmer was magnificent.
    Nothing too fancy on her role but a strong personality and the
    chemistry with Benjamin was enjoying to watch. The dialogues
    specifically were fantastic and especially the proposing scene. The
    story says a lot about unconditional and powerful love and that was
    perfectly crafted by the actors and director. I did not read the book
    but i think it was no less than it. Will watch it again with loved

  • klb4556February 5, 2017Reply

    Failed my hopes every couple of seconds..

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  • dognotbarkingFebruary 14, 2017Reply

    Perfect People Defy Everything

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  • Gordon-11February 16, 2017Reply

    A clichéd, unconvincing romance

    This film tells the story of a young woman, who moves into a small
    village to be a nurse in the local hospital. Unfortunately, her
    obnoxious vet neighbour turns out to be unexpectedly charming. Both she
    and he have to make difficult choices in their lives as a result of
    their romance.

    I find ”The Choice” very unconvincing. How would a nurse find an
    obnoxious man charming? A common reaction to neighbours playing loud
    music is to go and have a talk with the neighbour, then go away. When
    the neighbour is obnoxious, the nurse would have been likely to be
    angry and upset, rather than taking his poor attitude as flirtatious
    advances. From then on, the story and the dialogues are so clichéd and
    unbelievably cringe worthy. I literally choked even Teresa Palmer’s
    character said no a number of times then yes. Unbelievable, and not
    romantic. The ending is unrealistic either. Perhaps it’s meant to be
    touching, but I find it annoyingly out of this world. This film may be
    sweet for a teenage girl, but not for anyone else.

  • Kara DanaeMarch 24, 2017Reply

    It was a good movie, but not as great as I thought it would be

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  • vsupitchaApril 9, 2017Reply

    The movie is great!

    I have read the book before watching movie version. And I really like
    it. I mean there were some differences but the movie did it very well.
    The differences made it looked like we read new chapters of the choice.
    It still touched my heart though. It’s short and not taking too much
    time to get going like in the book. Recommended!!

  • Borhan KhanApril 26, 2017Reply

    feel the pain and Love in The choice

    The presence of Teresa Palmer & Benjamin Walker are very much
    pleasurable in total Movie. It was really give me a very Nostalgic
    feelings. The Romantic situation is seriously very much impressive. And
    the Director is also success to touch the viewer’s emotion. The little
    Pregnant of Alexandra Daddario also make me pleased.. The colour, the
    Framing, The Location, and overall the Direction was really Mind
    blowing. Love it

  • Heather PeckApril 28, 2017Reply

    No surprises, and Not The Notebook

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  • destinylives52April 29, 2017Reply

    Mildly Entertaining

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  • notmizbehavenMay 21, 2017Reply

    Predictable and errors

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  • jeremiah nairMay 29, 2017Reply

    Morals and Ethics do not matter as long as you are ‘meant to be’

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