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A Walk to Remember (2002)


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

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

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 22

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


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 31,397,286


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 … More

PG (for thematic elements, language and some sensual material)
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Karen Janszen
In Theaters:
Jul 9, 2002
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for A Walk to Remember

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

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

So boring that even its target audience talked all the way through it.

March 13, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

A fifty car pileup of cliches.

March 6, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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

This is a great romantic tearjerker.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2006

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

Full Review… | January 12, 2004
Film Threat

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

[A] wretched teen dramedy.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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.'

Full Review… | January 22, 2003

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2003
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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2002

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2002

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

Full Review… | September 3, 2002

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.

Full Review… | August 29, 2002
Shadows on the Wall

A sermonizing and lifeless paean to teenage dullards.

Full Review… | August 27, 2002

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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

"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.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

A Walk to Remember Quotes

Landon Carter:
I need help with my lines.
Jamie Sullivan:
Landon Carter is asking me for help?
Landon Carter:
Jamie Sullivan:
Okay. I'll pray for you.
– Submitted by S?nNċ X (2 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 (2 months ago)
Jamie Sullivan:
Hey Carter. See you after school?
Landon Carter:
In your dreams.
– Submitted by Sinoria F (2 months ago)
Ms. Garber:
Mr. Carter, are you trying to be bad at this?
Landon Carter:
Nah, it just comes naturally.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)
It is true; I've seen the man bust a move and it just ain't pretty.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)
Landon Carter:
So, what's your number one?
Jamie Sullivan:
To marry in the church my mother grew up. It's where my parents were married.
– Submitted by Angelica S (14 months ago)

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