The Notebook Reviews

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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
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.
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.
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.
June 24, 2006
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.
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.
Top Critic
July 23, 2004
How rare to see a film that says there is still a value system out there, that being thoughtful and caring is not uncool.
July 3, 2004
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.
June 25, 2004
May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams.
June 25, 2004
This is a movie that isn't ashamed to wring each teardrop by any means necessary.
June 25, 2004
Our resistance is broken down, and the hankies are out.
June 25, 2004
It's all sweet and gooey and absolutely predictable, in a bland TV-movie sort of way, with an ending so shameless it should come with an apology.
June 25, 2004
An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop sure to elicit tears from all but those with truly intractable hearts.
June 25, 2004
There are weepies and weepies. And The Notebook may be the most effective one in nearly a decade -- since the film version of The Bridges of Madison County.
June 25, 2004
Much like an awkward but well-intentioned suitor, the movie inspires affection despite its overwrought script and occasionally clunky staging.
June 25, 2004
Well worth the risk of diabetic shock for the sake of superb acting that transcends its teary milieu.
June 25, 2004
Two hours of the worst sort of sentimental sap.
June 25, 2004
Meant to be a romantic weepy, and you will shed tears -- but only from the consistent and exhausting effort of trying to control your gag reflex.
June 25, 2004
A small, smart film filled with heart.
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