The teaming of Richard Gere and Diane Lane in Nights in Rodanthe , their third movie together, has not charmed the critics who were previously charmed by The Cotton Club and Unfaithful . They also expected more from the illustrious theatrical director and playwright George C. Wolfe. But critics tend to be cold hearted. (When was the last time one admitted weeping during a film?) Take Manohla Dargis's review in the New York Times "There's no joy and not even much cruel laughter to be had from the spectacle of sympathetic actors ... mouthing some of the most pitiful, platitudinous, risible dialogue in recent memory, particularly if you were suckered into watching this movie specifically because of its performers." Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel concludes his review this way "It's a pity that a movie that begins with such simmering promise chills into a film of pretty people in a pretty place telling a pretty bland story." In the same tone, Roger Ebert writes in the Chicago Sun-Times , "The movie attempts to jerk tears with one clunky device after another, in a plot that is a perfect storm of cliché and contrivance." But Glenn Whipp in the Los Angeles Daily News predicts the Nights in Rodanthe won't be the last romantic novel by Nicholas Sparks to be adapted by Hollywood, "judging from the volume of sniffles I heard upon fleeing the screening room."