The Notebook Reviews

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June 5, 2019
Never quite escapes the been-there-done-that feeling of Hollywood romantic cliché with sunny photography and perfectly tailored costumes to boot.
April 18, 2019
Frank Capra would be proud of the way Nick Cassavetes pulls at the heart strings... Have tissues at the ready.
February 2, 2019
The Notebook is a ghastly piece of oldie slush which is tediously orchestrated by Nick Cassavetes.
February 2, 2019
The Notebook is the kind of syrupy, heightened melodrama more likely to be found in the pages of a Mills & Boon paperback than on the silver screen.
February 2, 2019
In a romance where paradise is a duck-filled pond, it helps to be mild-mannered.
February 2, 2019
Dentistry in the Renaissance could not have been more painful than watching this.
February 2, 2019
The Notebook is premium romantic schlock and confirms director Nick Cassavetes (Rowlands' son) as a specialist in the genre after John Q in 2002.
February 2, 2019
Two good, young performers and a couple of not-too-shabby older ones not only make The Notebook worth watching but distinguish the film as one of the year's more pleasant surprises.
February 2, 2019
The Notebook is a thoroughly old-fashioned romantic melodrama awash with misty-eyed sentiment as it charts the obstacles placed in the path of two young lovers from opposite sides of the social divide.
February 2, 2019
A shameless tear-jerker and as corny as they come, this retro romantic drama skilfully pushes all the right emotional buttons.
February 2, 2019
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.
February 2, 2019
A story about true love that makes you cry, the kind you don't forget. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 2, 2019
What saves Notebook, or at least lifts it above itself, are the hints of hard-won grit that both Gosling and Garner inject into their characters.
February 7, 2018
Sure, The Notebook's story of first love tends toward the histrionic and self-important. But if that's case, perhaps Cassavetes, like Shakespeare, simply knows how to give the people what they want.
April 21, 2012
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.
April 11, 2012
If you ever want to see a flawless example of a movie which is redeemed from mediocrity solely through the cast, there is hardly a better one than this.
October 3, 2011
Bland and sentimental, The Notebook is old-fashioned filmmaking aimed at an old-fashioned audience. Kleenex essential.
October 3, 2011
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.
September 19, 2010
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams spark cinematically everlasting magic in a romance that's no tawdry Harlequin hay-roll. "The Notebook" excels most when contemplating love's obligations and responsibilities, that unique balance of fire and calm.
April 29, 2009
A very engrossing and entertaining sudsy romance with top notch performances.
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