The Vow 2012

The Vow

Critics Consensus

Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams do their best with what they're given, but The Vow is too shallow and familiar to satisfy the discriminating date-night filmgoer.

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Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are happily married newlyweds, but their idyllic life together suddenly shatters when a car accident leaves her in a coma. When Paige awakes, she has severe memory loss and doesn't know Leo. She also has a confusing relationship with her parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) and still harbors feelings for a former fiance (Scott Speedman). Despite these difficult obstacles, Leo is determined to renew their bond and rebuild their marriage.

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Critic Reviews for The Vow

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (93)

  • The film's Nicholas Sparks-style sweet nothings extract as many eye rolls as "aws"; it's a box of cheap chocolates for someone you just met and you're not really sure you care for.

    February 15, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely.

    February 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to.

    February 10, 2012
  • The two stars look dewy and glossy and unexceptional, bound together less by chemistry than by the ministrations of a hard-working costume designer.

    February 10, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • 'The Vow' is inspired by a true and wonderful story, but that doesn't make the fictionalized version any less ridiculous.

    February 10, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Tatum is unusually expressive; Speedman, both hiss-worthy and sympathetic. But McAdams is the real draw.

    February 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vow

  • Nov 21, 2012
    A bit gooey but earnestly and engagingly played. Knowing that its based on a true story makes some of the more odd elements easier to accept.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2012
    Inspired by a true story, The Vow tells a charming and romantic tale. When a couple gets into a car accident, causing the wife to lose her memory, the husband struggles to help her to remember their marriage. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum lead the cast and give strong performances. The story gets a bit formulaic at times, but it also goes in some interesting directions that helps to keep it fresh. Though The Vow plays it safe, it still manages to be an entertaining and enjoyable film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2012
    Overall, not a bad movie. Certainly not "The Notebook", but it was an ok story about a man who never stopped loving the love of his life, for better or worse. I'm not quite sure if it's the presentation of the story, or Channing Tatum's moderate acting skills, but this movie didn't quite move me like I wanted it to...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2012
    The Vow is sometimes charming and interesting but at other times, has a weak screenplay that's cheesy. In the first 20 minutes or the minutes prior to the crash, the screenplay was at it's worst. After the crash however, I felt the screenplay started to improve but still suffered from the usual sappy love story concept. Rachel Mcadams and Channing Tatum are great together and although they must act as the cliched chick flick characters (nice guy,nice girl), the two add something to the film that other films of the sort lack. Aside from the first 20 minutes, the film is intersting but during the events directly following the crash, Mcadams continuous flow of questions made her character seem irritating. Overall, I think the film suffered from some lack in the screenplay but other than that, The Vow is a good film compared to other romantic comedies nowadays. Favorite Scene: When Scott Speedman gets punched in the face by Channing Tatum
    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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