The Vow Reviews

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist
August 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Thankfully The Vow spares us from all of that shakey-camera'd nonsense, but that's about all it spares us from.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
February 9, 2012
Duff beyond words, with some appealing performances wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Monica Castillo
Boston Phoenix
February 15, 2012
The film's Nicholas Sparks-style sweet nothings extract as many eye rolls as "aws"; it's a box of cheap chocolates for someone you just met and you're not really sure you care for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
February 9, 2012
This is a movie whose true romance has virtually nothing to do with the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
December 7, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2012
Most of the time it plays like the movie adaptation of a Land's End catalogue, making monogamy seem essential by associating it with high-end interior design.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 10, 2012
It's a shame things are so black and white, because the movie has more promise - and more laughs - than trailers suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James O'Brien
Daily Mail [UK]
February 16, 2012
Neither as formulaic nor as predictable as its constituent parts may suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
February 10, 2012
People do go to these kinds of flicks for a good cry. And when you don't deliver that and the audience just lumbers out of the theater saying things like "It was nice," you haven't really executed.(Parental Review also available)
Brian Salisbury
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2012
Thanks Mr. Screenwriter, but I don't need emotional subtitling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
February 22, 2012
It's been designed as a female fantasy, a delivery system for bare pecs and caring glances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 10, 2012
The profoundly mediocre screenplay was factory-farmed and you can feel the various conflicting drafts grinding up against one another.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
March 1, 2012
The story of how Paige and Leo met is riddled with clichés
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 12, 2012
This is made for the ladies looking for romance on a Hallmark holiday. It just happens to have a lot more talent than you'd expect from this sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
February 10, 2012
If the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore chuckler 50 First Dates had been recast as a romantic drama and produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network, The Vow might have been the result.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 10, 2012
It's pleasant enough as a date movie, but that's all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 10, 2012
This film, with its would-be crowd-pleasing contrivances and rote adherence to formula, offers almost no redeeming characteristics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
William Goss
Film.com
February 10, 2012
More than willing to comfort anyone with a fuzzy grasp on real-world romance that the pretty people will make it through somehow, with no scars too deep.

Urban Cinefile
June 20, 2012
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