The Notebook Reviews

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October 31, 2019
James Garner and Gena Rowlands lend the story a graceful gravity that perhaps the rest of the film's more simplistic romanticism doesn't deserve.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2005
... one gets the sense that director Nick Cassevetes and writer Jan Sardi would spray the audience with teargas if they could.
July 21, 2005
The Notebook is a weepie of the most artificial and insistent variety, the kind that holds viewers hostage and expects them to pay in body fluids. Will it jerk your tears? Maybe. Or maybe you'll just feel jerked around.
March 18, 2005
Whether someone can enjoy The Notebook or not depends much of the mood in which the viewers find themselves.
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?
February 23, 2005
Two parts idiotic romance, one part offensive melodrama.
January 29, 2005
*There's nothing about The Notebook that isn't either lazy or dismissive of its audience.
January 5, 2005
A mawkish romance; one of the year's 10 worst
September 18, 2004
The Notebook doesn't give you a postcard-pretty plot, like most romance flicks. Instead, it shows you the fights, bickering and disagreements that go on in a relationship. And how true love ultimately triumphs that.
September 16, 2004
One of those films you want to like and want to keep watching because it looks so pretty.
August 8, 2004
It's a vat of sticky sentimentality that demands pretty strenuous swimming.
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.
July 20, 2004
[A] glorified simplification of adolescence and an excrutiatingly precious recreation of WWII-era Americana.
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