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The Vow (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 126
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 89

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams do their best with what they're given, but The Vow is too shallow and familiar to satisfy the discriminating date-night filmgoer.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 24

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams do their best with what they're given, but The Vow is too shallow and familiar to satisfy the discriminating date-night filmgoer.

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A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again. -- (C) Sony Pictures

PG-13,

Drama, Romance

May 8, 2012

$125.0M

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All Critics (127) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (89) | DVD (5)

The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (2)
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The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (12)
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The two stars look dewy and glossy and unexceptional, bound together less by chemistry than by the ministrations of a hard-working costume designer.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
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'The Vow' is inspired by a true and wonderful story, but that doesn't make the fictionalized version any less ridiculous.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (2)
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Tatum is unusually expressive; Speedman, both hiss-worthy and sympathetic. But McAdams is the real draw.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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As usual, Channing Tatum looks sweet and dull and, in most scenes, slightly confused.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (12)
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The film isn't as bad as what it looks like--the Chinatown knockoff equivalent of a Nicholas Sparks movie--but that doesn't mean that those outside the target audience won't find it a painful experience.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Ultimately the vision of love and marriage that is being presented here is a fairly routine, secular one, that it is love that binds us to a vow and not the other way around.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

"The Vow" might have been a decent film had the filmmakers taken the time to allow the characters to develop, or perhaps even if a better actor was cast in the lead.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Thankfully The Vow spares us from all of that shakey-camera'd nonsense, but that's about all it spares us from.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The Vow presents some fascinating challenges for Leo and Paige, yet without fail the screenplay comes up short in allowing them to overcome the obstacles in their paths.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The 2004 Adam-Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates played retrograde amnesia for laughs, but The Vow, loosely inspired by the experiences of real-life couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, aims strictly for the tear ducts.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

The film is almost awe-inspiring in its unabashed embrace of a love so all-encompassing that Paige even treasures Leo's flatulence. (Seriously -- she rolls up the car window so the smell won't escape.)

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

So full of trite phrases, clichéd moments and uncool coolness (she has a tattoo on her back!), it's mind-wiping. I vow to forgive this movie, just to forget it faster.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada) | Comment (1)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Execution is what really matters in B-movies, and as silly as it sounds, The Vow is a remarkably restrained, sweet little movie that never tugs so hard it becomes annoying.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Neither particularly romantic nor comedic, nonetheless represents a middling love story that should suit most of its intended audience relying on the chemistry of its stars.

April 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Like a Nicholas Sparks novel with a dash of wit, a hint of edge and a smidgen less sap.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comment (1)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

One of those 'inspired by a true story' things as concerns its premise, but in reality it feels more 'inspired by Nicholas Sparks.'

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The story of how Paige and Leo met is riddled with clichés

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

...eventually morphs into a seriously tedious little drama...

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Oh, was there ever an opportunity here. But it's easier to go the traditional route, I guess, than make waves.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comment (1)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

It gets bogged down in mopey melodrama and never quite recovers.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

It's been designed as a female fantasy, a delivery system for bare pecs and caring glances.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Seven Days | Comments (2)
Seven Days

Sweetly syrupy, filled with slick, heart-tugging, tear-jerking sentiment.

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

... slickly efficient, buoyed by excellent performances ...

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for The Vow

A bit gooey but earnestly and engagingly played. Knowing that its based on a true story makes some of the more odd elements easier to accept.
November 21, 2012
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"For some reason I was thinking that this film was going to be a rom-com. Big mistake on my part. It ended up being a rom-dram. I didn't think I would get so swept up in this love story since I'm not a huge fan of romance flicks, but this one got me. The story being based on true events was what really had me thinking about the film differently. It made me like it more. You can't help but feel complete heartache for this couple. I mean to be so in love and to have something that horrendous happen and *SPOILER* to never get the memory of falling in love with you husband, your wedding, and your entire lively hood with this person is just heart breaking.*END OF SPOILER* I also kinda enjoyed that there was no fairy tale ending, even though I wanted one for her. Great acting by Tatum and McAdams. I thought they had great chemistry which is a plus when doing movies like these or the film would have never worked."
August 14, 2012
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Overall, not a bad movie. Certainly not "The Notebook", but it was an ok story about a man who never stopped loving the love of his life, for better or worse. I'm not quite sure if it's the presentation of the story, or Channing Tatum's moderate acting skills, but this movie didn't quite move me like I wanted it to...
July 4, 2012
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

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"The Vow" is one of those "love conquers all" type chick flicks. Newlyweds Paige(Rachel McAdams) and Leo(Channing Tatum) are sitting at a stop light,when a truck plows into them. Leo is fine, but Paige has suffered some brain damage and can't remember anything from the past five years. Forgetting her relationship with Leo all together, he tries to figure out ways to help her remember, or fall in love with him again. I expected this to be "notebook" meets "50 first dates",and in some ways it is. But really, its just a good,sweet little drama,with enough heart and fluff to not be meladramtic. Adams is great,as she usually excels in romance movies. Tatum is just ok. He is a real movie star, but not a great actor. He's kind of one dimensional in dramas like this, but he does his best. Not saying I don't enjoy his movies, but I just don't think he's reached his potential. Women will love this(i'm pretty sure my wife loved it),and guys will either say 'meh that was ok". Or just skip it altogether. I think it's worth a watch,but in 5 years won't be remembered like "notebook" or "50 first dates".
May 24, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Paige: I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness, to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree about red velvet cake, to live within the warmth of your heart, and always call it home.
    – Submitted by Meghan S (2 years ago)
    1. Leo: How do you look at the girl you love & tell yourself its time to walk away?
    – Submitted by Sofia A (2 years ago)
    1. Paige: Are you trying to make me diabetic or just fat?
    – Submitted by Sofia A (2 years ago)
    1. Leo: Can I at least give you an awkward hug?
    – Submitted by Peg W (2 years ago)
    1. Leo: No matter what challenges that keeps us apart, we'll always find a way back to each other.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (2 years ago)
    1. Leo: Sorry, I can do better. My lips are still numb.
    – Submitted by Jayathra L (2 years ago)
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