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The Notebook Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
*There's nothing about The Notebook that isn't either lazy or dismissive of its audience.
| Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
June 22, 2004
In its inability to effectively develop the modern aspect of the story, it fails to throw the tear-jerking emotional punch it might have achieved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 23, 2004
From the first soft piano that accompanies white geese flying toward a humongous orange sunset, The Notebook racks up the sugary clichés till you're screaming for mercy.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 24, 2004
Cassavettes wants this to be a love letter to Rowlands, his mother. She is luminous, and we believe she could inspire great love. Too bad it's not in a great movie.
| Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 25, 2004
The movie's main problem is that it exerts so much effort coddling the pushovers, and does so little to make itself accessible to those with harder hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
January 5, 2005
A mawkish romance; one of the year's 10 worst
Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix
July 3, 2004
This film tries to evoke the 1940s but never quite finds the right tone, coming off instead like a big costume party.
James Rocchi
June 24, 2004
Electric leads can't juice up cliche-ridden adaptation of Nicholas Sparks best-seller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Gilchrist
June 25, 2004
Precisely the horrible kind of heart-wrenching pabulum that's been milked damn near dry by countless other so-called "timeless" cinematic tales of passion.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
It's an interesting piece of counter programming on New Line's part, the only question is why didn't it go direct to cable?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
June 24, 2004
Drearily uninspired. I suspect the couples who would enjoy it thoroughly would equally enjoy sitting at home and gazing into each other's eyes for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2004
Cassavetes isn't much of a director and he never settles on a mood, which he seems intent on ruining with hiccups of goofiness. But there's an underlying humanity to his scenes, a sense that movies are made by people for other people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kit Bowen
June 23, 2004
If not for some inspired moments of breathtaking beauty and heartfelt performances, it would just be one of those tired love stories that you quickly forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
July 26, 2004
The photography is lush but the main plot line of the rich girl and the country boy is just too familiar and cliched.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 24, 2004
A gifted cast was bogged down by a treacly tale.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
June 27, 2004
Melodramatic mush...there's not much worth jotting down in Notebook that would invite lovers of all ages to revel in the sugar-tooth cliches of this drowsy, drippy drama
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
February 23, 2005
Two parts idiotic romance, one part offensive melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
June 24, 2004
A dumb, slightly annoying pile of glop.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 25, 2004
Tells a tale we've heard hundreds of times before, yet pretends it will surprise us. It doesn't.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
... one gets the sense that director Nick Cassevetes and writer Jan Sardi would spray the audience with teargas if they could.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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