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The Notebook Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 21, 2012
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2011
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 23, 2004
How rare to see a film that says there is still a value system out there, that being thoughtful and caring is not uncool.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
July 3, 2004
The movie not only approaches a level of shamelessness you have to see to disbelieve, it does it in a manner that's both inept and crass.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 25, 2004
May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 25, 2004
This is a movie that isn't ashamed to wring each teardrop by any means necessary.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
June 25, 2004
Our resistance is broken down, and the hankies are out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 25, 2004
It's all sweet and gooey and absolutely predictable, in a bland TV-movie sort of way, with an ending so shameless it should come with an apology.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 25, 2004
An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop sure to elicit tears from all but those with truly intractable hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 25, 2004
There are weepies and weepies. And The Notebook may be the most effective one in nearly a decade -- since the film version of The Bridges of Madison County.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 25, 2004
Much like an awkward but well-intentioned suitor, the movie inspires affection despite its overwrought script and occasionally clunky staging.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 25, 2004
Well worth the risk of diabetic shock for the sake of superb acting that transcends its teary milieu.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 25, 2004
Two hours of the worst sort of sentimental sap.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 25, 2004
Meant to be a romantic weepy, and you will shed tears -- but only from the consistent and exhausting effort of trying to control your gag reflex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 25, 2004
A small, smart film filled with heart.
| Original Score: B
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 25, 2004
Cue the sensitive piano. Make the settings picturesque. Add a corny narration, and let the love boat sail.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 25, 2004
One of the shallowest movies in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2004
Now here is a story that could have been a tearjerker, but -- no, wait, it is a tearjerker, it's just that it's a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 25, 2004
Considering the sunny, relatively pleasurable romantic business that precedes it, the elderly stuff seems dark, morbid, and forced upon us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 24, 2004
A gifted cast was bogged down by a treacly tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2004
Cassavetes isn't much of a director and he never settles on a mood, which he seems intent on ruining with hiccups of goofiness. But there's an underlying humanity to his scenes, a sense that movies are made by people for other people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 24, 2004
You can't write off The Notebook as just another tearjerker because the characters are brought to life in such elegant fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 24, 2004
Against your better judgment, you root for the pair to beat the odds against them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 24, 2004
If you found The Bridges of Madison County too demanding, if you like your romance with an extra helping of syrup, then your movie has arrived.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 24, 2004
Sentimental hogwash, but it's hogwash with an insidious power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 24, 2004
If there is a more cringe-inducing, badly made and excruciating movie released this year, it would have to not only star the Olsen twins, but be written and directed by them as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 24, 2004
If its performers do not always triumph over their material, it's a struggle that they make worth watching.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 24, 2004
If it were a sandwich, it would be two slices of bread without filling. If it were a bridge, it would be two anchorages without a suspension in between. Nice anchorages, though.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 24, 2004
A very soggy movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 24, 2004
It will have many viewers bucketing tears until they are as dehydrated as Egyptian mummies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 24, 2004
This film vaults past our defenses. We can see the characters falling and staying in love, feel the reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 24, 2004
Succeeds well enough on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 23, 2004
From the first soft piano that accompanies white geese flying toward a humongous orange sunset, The Notebook racks up the sugary clichés till you're screaming for mercy.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
June 22, 2004
The minutes of Allie and Noah's magical hysteria tour are duly recorded in the titular ledger-cum- framing device.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 22, 2004
In its inability to effectively develop the modern aspect of the story, it fails to throw the tear-jerking emotional punch it might have achieved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 21, 2004
The main reason I'm recommending this ... is Rachel McAdams.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 17, 2004
There's no way to endure the movie without earplugs and a blindfold.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2004
[Gosling and McAdams] are, however and alas, only half the love story; they're the photogenic flashback.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 24, 2004
A determined and often affecting romance that doesn't speak down to audiences.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2004
Mercilessly plodding pacing, problematic character motivations and a fundamental lack of chemistry between the two star-crossed lovers.