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A Walk to Remember (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though wholesome, the Mandy Moore vehicle A Walk to Remember is also bland and oppressively syrupy.

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Movie Info

The best-seller by sentimental novelist Nicholas Sparks becomes this teen melodrama set in a coastal North Carolina port. Cocky, popular high school student Landon Carter (Shane West) is the big man on campus at Beaufort High School until a hazing incident leaves a fellow student paralyzed. Sentenced to community service and membership in his school's drama club, Landon is forced to seek help from Jamie Sullivan (pop singer Mandy Moore), the conservative, religious, plain-Jane daughter of the town's Baptist minister (Peter Coyote). When the two students begin to fall in love, Landon struggles with the drop in popularity that his new friendship brings, while Jamie is forced to deal with her strict father and a secret that she's keeping from her schoolmates. A Walk to Remember, which co-stars Daryl Hannah, is the second of Sparks's novels to make it to the big screen after Message in a Bottle (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, language and some sensual material)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Karen Janszen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
Box Office: $41.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Shane West
as Landon Rolands Carte...
Mandy Moore
as Jamie Elizabeth Sull...
Peter Coyote
as Rev. Sullivan
Daryl Hannah
as Cynthia
Matt Lutz
as Clay Gephardt
David Andrews
as Mr. Kelly
Marisa Miller
as Ms. Garber
Mervyn Warren
as Choir Director
Dean Mumford
as Policeman
Gordon Groddy
as Choir singer
Anne Fletcher
as School play dancer
Cassidy Ladden
as Choir singer
Alan Butler
as Security Guard
Janie Barnett
as Choir singer
Elaine Caswell
as Choir singer
Vivian Cherry
as Choir singer
Robin Clark
as Choir singer
Frances E. Davis
as Housekeeper
Diva Gray
as Choir singer
Nikki Gregoroff
as Choir singer
Seth Howard
as Maitre D'
Dino Muccio
as Choir singer
Kevin Osborne
as Choir singer
Jason Paige
as Choir singer
Willie Teacher
as Choir singer
Julia Ann West
as Church lady
Eddie Zimmerhoff
as Erik Smith
Dean Mumford
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for A Walk to Remember

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (28)

This realist fairy tale of impossible love has a fair amount of nuance and charm.

Full Review… | January 20, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's an overwrought teen weepy, Terms of Endearment for the TRL crowd.

Full Review… | January 20, 2010
Associated Press
Top Critic

An adolescent romance we've seen a million times before.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's sad that Moore's first major cinematic outing scrapes the bottom of the melodramatic barrel.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Adopts a breezy anti-cynicism as a pose, and then spends the rest of the time failing in the most spectacular way to competently execute it.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Too-syrupy re-tread of Love Story.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for A Walk to Remember

I saw "A Walk to Remember" for the second time today. I have to give it more respect that I did the first time I saw it. Sure it is mushy or corny, but I always have hope after seeing a movie like this that people can change or grow for the better.
If you are a romantic, this is the movie for you. But it is difficult to watch without an odd tear welling in your eyes.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


I truly cared to see A Walk to Remember, until I absolutely had to, or forced to. I had read many things on this film, some good, and some bad. Mostly bad. The film was surprisingly decent, nothing great or anything good. But decent. I felt that it was an interesting enough film to watch. Nothing more. The film didn't have awful acting, as I'd expect it to have and I liked that the guy who was basically an asshole because he was one of the "popular cool kids" decided to change because he met a girl that was kinder than most of his friends. There is an average story going on here, but as a person who normally doesn't like romance films, I thought that A Walk to Remember was very decent. There are things that could've been done better, but this isn't too bad of a film. I didn't think the ending was all that sad either. I know that sounds cold, but I just didn't feel anything. How ever I do admire some of the issues displayed in this film, and it did have a heart. I thought it was a decent film for what it was. Though it has plenty of flaws, A Walk to Remember is an entertaining film that wasn't all bad. Sure it touches on the clichéd love story aspects, and it's meant as a teen romance film. But they could've done slightly better. One of the reasons this isn't utter trash is because of Mandy Moore's fairly good performance here. Overall a decent little film, but nothing truly memorable or great on screen.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

One of the most heartbreaking films I've ever watched. Mandy Moore and Shane West make a great couple and the ending was poignant and perfect.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

A Walk to Remember Quotes

Landon Rolands Carter: But our love... It's like the wind. I can't see it, but I can feel it.
– Submitted by Casey Z (10 months ago)
Landon Carter: I need help with my lines.
Jamie Sullivan: Landon Carter is asking me for help?
Landon Carter: Yeah.
Jamie Sullivan: Okay. I'll pray for you.
– Submitted by S?nNċ X (22 months ago)
Jamie Sullivan: So, would it kill you to try?
Landon Carter: Yep, and I'm too young to die.
– Submitted by S?nNċ X (22 months ago)
Jamie Sullivan: Hey Carter. See you after school?
Landon Carter: In your dreams.
– Submitted by Sinoria F (22 months ago)

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