The Notebook


The Notebook

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It's hard not to admire its unabashed sentimentality, but The Notebook is too clumsily manipulative to rise above its melodramatic clichés.



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Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's (James Garner) regular visits to a female patron (Gena Rowlands) of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the couple was reunited, and, despite having taken radically different paths, they found themselves unable to resist the call of a second chance. The Notebook also features Joan Allen, Sam Shepard, and Kevin Connolly. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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James Marsden
as Lon Hammond
Sam Shepard
as Frank Calhoun
David Thornton
as John Hamilton
Joan Allen
as Anne Hamilton
Tim Ivey
as Rower
Starletta DuPois
as Nurse Esther
Ed Grady
as Harry
Renée Amber
as Nurse At Counter
Jennifer Echols
as Nurse Selma
Heather Wahlquist
as Sara Tuffington
Andrew Schaff
as Matthew Jamison III
Matt Shelly
as Seabrook Boy
Michael D. Fuller
as Seabrook Boy
Leslea Fisher
as Seabrook Girl
Jude Kitchens
as Ferris Wheel Operator
Tim O'Brien
as Mr. Tuffington
Meredith O'Brien
as Mrs. Tuffington
Pat Leonard
as Lieutenant Davis
Patrick Leonard
as Lieutenant Davis
Daniel Czekalski
as Recruitment Officer
Peter Rosenfeld
as Professor
Bradley D. Capshaw
as Injured Soldier
James Scott Deaton
as Injured Soldier
Eve Kagan
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Stephanie Wheeler
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Erin Guzowski
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Obba Babatundé
as Band Leader
Chuck Pacheco
as Bus Driver
John A. Cundari
as Maitre D'
Todd Lewis
as Reporter
Mark Johnson
as Photographer
Robert Fraisse
as Buyer No. 1
Barbara Weetman
as Buyer No. 2
Dan Chamblin
as Buyer No. 3
Sasha Azevedo
as Wife of Buyer No. 3
Jamie Anne Allman
as Martha Shaw
Robert Ivey
as Dressmaker
Rebecca Koon
as Aunt Georgia
Sandra W. Van Natta
as Aunt Jeanette
Deborah Hobart
as Aunt Kitty
Lindy Newton
as Heather Lynn
Sherrill Turner
as Linda Jean
Mark Garner
as Lon's Employee
Scott Ritenour
as Lon's Employee
Milton Buras
as Lon's Employee
Elizabeth Bond
as Lon's Secretary
Matt Barry
as Dr. Barnwell
Matthew Barry
as Dr. Barnwell
Nancy De Mayo
as Mary Allen
Nancy DeMayo
as Mary Allen
Ronald Betts
as Male Nurse
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Critic Reviews for The Notebook

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (45)

  • A honey-dipped love story with a surprisingly tart aftertaste, The Notebook is a better-than-you'd-expect adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's bestselling novel of the same name.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In a romance where paradise is a duck-filled pond, it helps to be mild-mannered.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Dentistry in the Renaissance could not have been more painful than watching this.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's no secret that Mr. Gosling is one of our most gifted young actors. Still, this is his first romantic lead, and he's superb -- interesting in his inwardness, endearing in his demonstrativeness.

    Apr 21, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The connection between the two narratives is supposed to be a big, heartbreaking surprise, though I figured it out well in advance and spent the interim unfavorably comparing this greatest-generation hanky wringer to the British drama Iris.

    Oct 3, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Amid the sticky-sweet swamp of Jeremy Leven's script, Rowlands and Garner emerge spotless and beatific, lending a near-miraculous credibility to their scenes together.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    John Wyver

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Notebook


If you are an old romantic person at heart then you'll love this movie. A deeply movie yet boring love story.

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Although this movie has accrued much acclaim by critics and fans alike since its release, it has yielded no positive impact on the world of film or society in general. It has led a generation of young women to believe that there is a Noah for all of us, and we deserve to be just as "misunderstood and rebellious" as Allie. "The Notebook", along with other popular rom-coms, has left most girls with a muddled line between fiction and reality. Though Nicholas Sparks may be talented as a fiction writer, it is only because he knows how to manipulate the female mind into an emotional puddle. Aside from the beautiful Southern setting (a Sparks trademark) and Ryan Gosling occasionally sweaty and shirtless, this movie provided not only no relatability for me, but also did not provide even a fictitious escape. 1/2 Star Updated 09-28-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I'm not one for soppy romantic movies but this one pulls at the heart strings. An older gentlemen reads a story to an elderly lady in a nursing home. The story is about two teenagers Noah and Allie who meet one summer and fall in love. Allie's parents are well to do and Noah is poor. They fell out and Allie's parents send her away to school and they don't see each other for years. Noah writes to her every day for a year but there is no response. They try to move on with their lives but something draws them back to each other and they pick up where they left off. It reminds me of 'Fried Green Tomatoes', there are good and bad things that happen but it all comes good in the end. Excellent cast and story. Ryan and Rachel make a good on screen and off screen couple. Kevin Connolly plays Fin, Noah's best buddy. James Marsden plays Allie's dashing new society beau.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


The adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel is possibly the best interpretation of all. Gosling and McAdams really make the film better than anyone expected. The visualization from Nick Cassavetes places this film atop one of the most memorable, cult-like, romance films of all time. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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