Love it or loathe it, one thing that all critics across the country agreed on is that the Outer Banks is certainly one terrific spot to film a romantic movie. As the reviews of the new Richard Gere and Diane Lane film Nights in Rodanthe pour in, almost all critics comment on the beautiful setting, regardless of whether they liked the movie or not.
Here are just a few excerpts of the glowing reviews, (of Hatteras Island, that is), that were published over the last couple of weeks.
“The Outer Banks vacation spot and one particular house perched there at ocean’s edge dominate the very first scene of “Nights in Rodanthe,” the ultra-romantic new movie that arrives in theaters today.
That first shot is a panoramic view, not a close-up, but that’s what’s most appropriate for the Outer Banks, the dunes and seashore just south of Hampton Roads. Richard Gere and Diane Lane are the supposed stars, but it is the setting, one of isolation and beauty, that steals the show.”
Mal Vincent, The Virginia-Pilot
“Here, a storm surge of love overtakes Lane and Gere as two middle-aged gorgeous people — wounded veterans of marriage — who are the only occupants of a house-goods-to-die-for seaside inn on North Carolina’s Outer Banks”
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“Guilt, anger, betrayal, forgiveness, romantic longing, love won and lost, it’s all here, along with a taste of Outer Banks crab-cracking (parties) and Outer Banks history — the ponies, “Teach’s Light” (a ghostly glow at sunset, named for the pirate Blackbeard) and those nights, those Nights in Rodanthe!”
–Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel
“Plus, there’s just enough home cooking, canoodling and walks along the beach to make Rodanthe look like the realization of the ideal personals ad.
–Carey Rickey, The Philadelphia Inquirer
As the reviews clearly show, while the movie might not be critically adored by all reviewers, Hatteras Island has certainly received two thumbs up by local and national critics alike. We’ll consider Nights in Rodanthe as a big hit for the Outer Banks.