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The Notebook (2004)



Critic Consensus: It's hard not to admire its unabashed sentimentality, but The Notebook is too clumsily manipulative to rise above its melodramatic clichés.

Movie Info

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's (James Garner) regular visits to a female patron (Gena Rowlands) of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the couple was reunited, and, despite having taken radically different paths, they found themselves unable to resist the call of a second chance. The Notebook also features Joan Allen, Sam Shepard, and Kevin Connolly. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Leven, Jan Sardi, Nick Cassavetes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2005
Box Office: $81.0M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


James Marsden
as Lon Hammond
Sam Shepard
as Frank Calhoun
David Thornton
as John Hamilton
Joan Allen
as Anne Hamilton
Tim Ivey
as Rower
Starletta DuPois
as Nurse Esther
Ed Grady
as Harry
Renée Amber
as Nurse At Counter
Jennifer Echols
as Nurse Selma
Heather Wahlquist
as Sara Tuffington
Andrew Schaff
as Matthew Jamison III
Matt Shelly
as Seabrook Boy
Michael D. Fuller
as Seabrook Boy
Leslea Fisher
as Seabrook Girl
Jude Kitchens
as Ferris Wheel Operato...
Tim O'Brien
as Mr. Tuffington
Meredith O'Brien
as Mrs. Tuffington
Pat Leonard
as Lieutenant Davis
Daniel Czekalski
as Recruitment Officer
Peter Rosenfeld
as Professor
Bradley D. Capshaw
as Injured Soldier
James Scott Deaton
as Injured Soldier
Eve Kagan
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Stephanie Wheeler
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Erin Guzowski
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Obba Babatundé
as Band Leader
Chuck Pacheco
as Bus Driver
John A. Cundari
as Maitre D'
Todd Lewis
as Reporter
Mark Johnson
as Photographer
Robert Fraisse
as Buyer No. 1
Barbara Weetman
as Buyer No. 2
Dan Chamblin
as Buyer No. 3
Sasha Azevedo
as Wife of Buyer No. 3
Jamie Anne Allman
as Martha Shaw
Robert Ivey
as Dressmaker
Rebecca Koon
as Aunt Georgia
Sandra W. Van Natta
as Aunt Jeanette
Deborah Hobart
as Aunt Kitty
Lindy Newton
as Heather Lynn
Sherrill Turner
as Linda Jean
Mark Garner
as Lon's Employee
Scott Ritenour
as Lon's Employee
Milton Buras
as Lon's Employee
Elizabeth Bond
as Lon's Secretary
Matt Barry
as Dr. Barnwell
Matthew Barry
as Dr. Barnwell
Nancy De Mayo
as Mary Allen
Nancy DeMayo
as Mary Allen
Ronald Betts
as Male Nurse
Nancy DeMayo
as Mary Allen
Sandra W. VanNatta
as Aunt Jeanette
Jamie Brown
as Martha Shaw
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Critic Reviews for The Notebook

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (40)

The connection between the two narratives is supposed to be a big, heartbreaking surprise, though I figured it out well in advance and spent the interim unfavorably comparing this greatest-generation hanky wringer to the British drama Iris.

Full Review… | October 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you ever want to see a flawless example of a movie which is redeemed from mediocrity solely through the cast, there is hardly a better one than this.

Full Review… | April 11, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Bland and sentimental, The Notebook is old-fashioned filmmaking aimed at an old-fashioned audience. Kleenex essential.

Full Review… | October 3, 2011

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams spark cinematically everlasting magic in a romance that's no tawdry Harlequin hay-roll. "The Notebook" excels most when contemplating love's obligations and responsibilities, that unique balance of fire and calm.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

A very engrossing and entertaining sudsy romance with top notch performances.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

for someone who loves these sorts of stories, it would be a fantastic movie

Full Review… | March 5, 2009
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for The Notebook


If you are an old romantic person at heart then you'll love this movie. A deeply movie yet boring love story.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Although this movie has accrued much acclaim by critics and fans alike since its release, it has yielded no positive impact on the world of film or society in general. It has led a generation of young women to believe that there is a Noah for all of us, and we deserve to be just as "misunderstood and rebellious" as Allie. "The Notebook", along with other popular rom-coms, has left most girls with a muddled line between fiction and reality. Though Nicholas Sparks may be talented as a fiction writer, it is only because he knows how to manipulate the female mind into an emotional puddle. Aside from the beautiful Southern setting (a Sparks trademark) and Ryan Gosling occasionally sweaty and shirtless, this movie provided not only no relatability for me, but also did not provide even a fictitious escape. 1/2 Star Updated 09-28-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I'm not one for soppy romantic movies but this one pulls at the heart strings. An older gentlemen reads a story to an elderly lady in a nursing home. The story is about two teenagers Noah and Allie who meet one summer and fall in love. Allie's parents are well to do and Noah is poor. They fell out and Allie's parents send her away to school and they don't see each other for years. Noah writes to her every day for a year but there is no response. They try to move on with their lives but something draws them back to each other and they pick up where they left off. It reminds me of 'Fried Green Tomatoes', there are good and bad things that happen but it all comes good in the end. Excellent cast and story. Ryan and Rachel make a good on screen and off screen couple. Kevin Connolly plays Fin, Noah's best buddy. James Marsden plays Allie's dashing new society beau.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The Notebook Quotes

Anne Hamilton: She is foolin' around with that boy until two o'clock in the mornin' and it has gotta stop! I didn't spent seventeen years raisin' a daughter and givin' her EVERYTHING, so she could throw it away on a summer romance!
Allie Calhoun: (screaming) DADDY!
Anne Hamilton: She will wind up with her heart broken or pregnant! Now he's a nice boy, but he's...
Allie Calhoun: He's WHAT? He is what? Tell me!
Anne Hamilton: He is trash! Trash! Trash! Not for you!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Noah Calhoun: You wanna walk with me.
Fin: What are you guys doin'? Get in!
Allie Calhoun: Yeah.
Noah Calhoun: We're gonna walk.
Fin: Do you guys love each other?
Noah Calhoun: (snickers)
Fin: Oh, I get it, you guys do love each other!
Noah Calhoun: Okay. Goodbye.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Noah: How's it hangin', Harry?
Harry: I keep tryin' to die, but they won't let me.
Noah: Well, you can't have everything.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Anne Hamilton: Because I might know you a little better than you think. And I don't want you wakin' up one mornin' thinkin' if you'd known everything you might have done somethin' different.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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