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A Walk to Remember (2002)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 75

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


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 21

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



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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


Drama, Romance

Karen Janszen

Jul 9, 2002


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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (75) | DVD (22)

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

January 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's an overwrought teen weepy, Terms of Endearment for the TRL crowd.

January 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Associated Press | Comments (2)
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An adolescent romance we've seen a million times before.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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It's sad that Moore's first major cinematic outing scrapes the bottom of the melodramatic barrel.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (2)
Chicago Tribune
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So boring that even its target audience talked all the way through it.

March 13, 2002 | Comments (4)
New York Observer
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Just because A Walk to Remember is shrewd enough to activate girlish tear ducts doesn't mean it's good enough for our girls.

January 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Too-syrupy re-tread of Love Story.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

This is a great romantic tearjerker.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A shameless, compassionate tearjerker about hope, inspiration and courage.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

For anyone under 13, free from cynicism and with a need to believe that 17 year-old boys aren't just after one thing, maybe this film rocks.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

Succeeds modestly as a teen movie. Expect anything else from it and you'll be disappointed.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source:

A monstrosity of a movie that I am all too eager to forget.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (3)
Film Threat

Those raised on idealized romances (the Ken and Barbie kind) where love conquers all will no doubt love this sappy tale.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

[A] wretched teen dramedy.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A kind of low-rent version of Love Story with overt religious overtones...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

'No one was expecting Remains of the Day but this film could have been more than just a Dawson's Creek stop gap.'

January 22, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Comment (1)

Wholly un-groundbreaking, deeply conservative, increasingly sentimental, but reflecting some of the best of those qualities.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

This horrific teen romance-cum-weepie is best watched from between your fingers, or from under your seat, or perhaps standing outside the cinema looking in the opposite direction.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comment (1)
Guardian [UK]

Director Shankman ditches character development in favour of delivering an exploitative date movie and dubiously conservative moral lesson.

September 17, 2002 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Mandy Moore only has herself to blame for choosing such a tooth-rottingly sentimental weepie as this.

September 3, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC | Comments (6)

Seeing as how it's based on a weepy Nicholas Sparks novel, it's not surprising that this teen romantic drama is an almost unbearably weepy film.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A sermonizing and lifeless paean to teenage dullards.

August 27, 2002 Full Review

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.
September 22, 2012

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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.
August 15, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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"Love Story" for a new generation and so, for that reason, predictable, only this one is resonant with Christian values. But not everyone has seen "Love Story". Fresh young eyes can see this and cry.
June 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Ms. Garber: Mr. Carter, are you trying to be bad at this?
    2. Landon Carter: Nah, it just comes naturally.
    – Submitted by Angelica S (8 months ago)
    1. Eric: It is true; I've seen the man bust a move and it just ain't pretty.
    – Submitted by Angelica S (8 months ago)
    1. Landon Carter: So, what's your number one?
    2. Jamie Sullivan: To marry in the church my mother grew up. It's where my parents were married.
    – Submitted by Angelica S (8 months ago)
    1. Ms. Garber: Oh Landon! You were marvelous!
    2. Cynthia Carter: Thank you.
    – Submitted by Angelica S (8 months ago)
    1. Eric: Whats with you, man? It's like you don't even have time for your real friends anymore.
    2. Landon Carter: I don't know man, I'm just tired of doing the same old shit everyday.
    3. Eric: This girl is changing you and you don't even know it.
    4. Landon Carter: Hah. Did Belinda say that too?
    5. Eric: No, I did.
    – Submitted by Angelica S (8 months ago)
    1. Eric: Talk to me man.
    2. Landon Carter: About what?
    3. Eric: About you, about Jamie.
    4. Landon Carter: What's there to talk about? She's the best person I've ever known.
    – Submitted by Angelica S (8 months ago)
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