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The Vow Reviews

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist
August 15, 2013
The film isn't as bad as what it looks like--the Chinatown knockoff equivalent of a Nicholas Sparks movie--but that doesn't mean that those outside the target audience won't find it a painful experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 4, 2013
Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it.
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
December 7, 2012
Ultimately the vision of love and marriage that is being presented here is a fairly routine, secular one, that it is love that binds us to a vow and not the other way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
"The Vow" might have been a decent film had the filmmakers taken the time to allow the characters to develop, or perhaps even if a better actor was cast in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Thankfully The Vow spares us from all of that shakey-camera'd nonsense, but that's about all it spares us from.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
The Vow presents some fascinating challenges for Leo and Paige, yet without fail the screenplay comes up short in allowing them to overcome the obstacles in their paths.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 17, 2012
The 2004 Adam-Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates played retrograde amnesia for laughs, but The Vow, loosely inspired by the experiences of real-life couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, aims strictly for the tear ducts.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 11, 2012
The film is almost awe-inspiring in its unabashed embrace of a love so all-encompassing that Paige even treasures Leo's flatulence. (Seriously -- she rolls up the car window so the smell won't escape.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 10, 2012
So full of trite phrases, clichéd moments and uncool coolness (she has a tattoo on her back!), it's mind-wiping. I vow to forgive this movie, just to forget it faster.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
Execution is what really matters in B-movies, and as silly as it sounds, The Vow is a remarkably restrained, sweet little movie that never tugs so hard it becomes annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 16, 2012
Neither particularly romantic nor comedic, nonetheless represents a middling love story that should suit most of its intended audience relying on the chemistry of its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Like a Nicholas Sparks novel with a dash of wit, a hint of edge and a smidgen less sap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 7, 2012
One of those 'inspired by a true story' things as concerns its premise, but in reality it feels more 'inspired by Nicholas Sparks.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
March 1, 2012
The story of how Paige and Leo met is riddled with clichés
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 26, 2012
...eventually morphs into a seriously tedious little drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
February 25, 2012
Oh, was there ever an opportunity here. But it's easier to go the traditional route, I guess, than make waves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 24, 2012
It gets bogged down in mopey melodrama and never quite recovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
February 22, 2012
It's been designed as a female fantasy, a delivery system for bare pecs and caring glances.
| Original Score: 5/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 21, 2012
Sweetly syrupy, filled with slick, heart-tugging, tear-jerking sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 20, 2012
... slickly efficient, buoyed by excellent performances ...
| Original Score: 3/5
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