The Notebook (2004)



Critic Consensus: 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
PG-13 (for some sexuality)
Drama , Romance
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Joan Allen
as Anne Hamilton
Sam Shepard
as Frank Calhoun
James Marsden
as Lon Hammond
Obba Babatundé
as Band Leader
Mark Johnson
as Photographer
Matthew Barry
as Dr. Barnwell
Chuck Pacheco
as Bus Driver
Tim O'Brien
as Mr. Tuffington
Traci Dinwiddie
as Veronica
Rebecca Koon
as Aunt Georgia
Heather Wahlquist
as Sara Tuffington
Ed Grady
as Harry
Jennifer Echols
as Nurse Selma
Starletta DuPois
as Nurse Esther
Deborah Hobart
as Aunt Kitty
David Thornton
as John Hamilton
Cullen Moss
as Bodee
Lindy Newton
as Heather Lynn
Jamie Anne Allman
as Martha Shaw
Nancy De Mayo
as Mary Allen
Jonathan Parks Jordan
as Seabrook Boy
Sandra W. Van Natta
as Aunt Jeanette
Sherril M. Turner
as Linda Jean
Barbara Weetman
as Buyer No. 2
Robert Fraisse
as Buyer No. 1
Scott Ritenour
as Lon's Employee
Mark Garner
as Lon's Employee
Todd Lewis
as Reporter
Eve Kagan
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Milton Buras
as Lon's Employee
Tim Ivey
as Rower
Renée Amber
as Nurse At Counter
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
Meredith O'Brien
as Mrs. Tuffington
Daniel Czekalski
as Recruitment Officer
Peter Rosenfeld
as Professor
Bradley D. Capshaw
as Injured Soldier
James Scott Deaton
as Injured Soldier
Stephanie Wheeler
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
Erin Guzowski
as Sarah Lawrence Girl
John A. Cundari
as Maitre D'
Dan Chamblin
as Buyer No. 3
Sasha Azevedo
as Wife of Buyer No. 3
Robert Ivey
as Dressmaker
Sylvia Jefferies
as Rosemary
Elizabeth Bond
as Lon's Secretary
Riley Novak
as Edmond
Ronald Betts
as Male Nurse
Matt Barry
as Dr. Barnwell
Pat Leonard
as Lieutenant Davis
Sherrill Turner
as Linda Jean
Nancy DeMayo
as Mary Allen
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All Critics (155) | Top Critics (39)

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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

How rare to see a film that says there is still a value system out there, that being thoughtful and caring is not uncool.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

The movie not only approaches a level of shamelessness you have to see to disbelieve, it does it in a manner that's both inept and crass.

Full Review… | July 3, 2004
Top Critic

May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004
Washington Post
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This is a movie that isn't ashamed to wring each teardrop by any means necessary.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Our resistance is broken down, and the hankies are out.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004
Toronto Star
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.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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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

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