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The Vow Reviews

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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 14, 2012
The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 10, 2012
The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 10, 2012
'The Vow' is inspired by a true and wonderful story, but that doesn't make the fictionalized version any less ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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February 10, 2012
Tatum is unusually expressive; Speedman, both hiss-worthy and sympathetic. But McAdams is the real draw.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 10, 2012
As usual, Channing Tatum looks sweet and dull and, in most scenes, slightly confused.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
February 10, 2012
The strong stench from The Vow is likely to overwhelm the smell of popcorn in movie theaters this weekend.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
February 10, 2012
The kind of featherweight fare that is enjoyed in the moment and forgotten soon after the end credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 10, 2012
It's pleasant enough as a date movie, but that's all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
February 10, 2012
Sucsy works within the trappings of a typical cheesy romance but finds realism in the details and the banter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 10, 2012
It's a shame things are so black and white, because the movie has more promise - and more laughs - than trailers suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 10, 2012
This film, with its would-be crowd-pleasing contrivances and rote adherence to formula, offers almost no redeeming characteristics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
February 10, 2012
More than willing to comfort anyone with a fuzzy grasp on real-world romance that the pretty people will make it through somehow, with no scars too deep.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 9, 2012
If I get in a car accident, suffer a traumatic head injury, and emerge from a coma to find Channing Tatum telling me that he's my husband, I'm just going to go with it. Even if I don't recognize him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Louis B. Parks
San Francisco Chronicle
February 9, 2012
"The Vow" is a cinematic box of candy wrapped in bright red cellophane. Like any box of chocolates, you have to bite a lot of bad centers to get to the few good ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2012
This is a movie that leaves you wanting more. To care more, to cry more, to love more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 9, 2012
The Vow promises tried-and-true rom-com formula and delivers, treading in sappy, cliché-ridden turf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 9, 2012
It's unashamedly escapist, but a turn for the serious as The Vow nears the finish line only underscores its essential silliness...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 9, 2012
Not even Channing Tatum's bare bum, clearly a Hail Mary pass lobbed at the ladies in the theatre, can distract from the turgidly sappy goings on in The Vow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 9, 2012
The best thing in the film is McAdams, who moves through her post-amnesia scenes with a plausible mix of good humor and wariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 9, 2012
The movie's commitment to the blandest possible presentation of its central problem starts to seem perverse after a while.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
February 9, 2012
A Valentine Day's gift swaddled in sanitized Saran wrap, The Vow is a pretty package of sweets, sealed off from the corrupting air of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 9, 2012
McAdams and Tatum aren't exactly thespian heavyweights, but even if they were, there isn't much they can do with this hokey melodrama...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 9, 2012
It's quite watchable date-night cheese - the kind of movie you can simultaneously snort at and enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 9, 2012
All of these people seem like lazy sketches rather than developed characters; it's tempting to wonder how moving "The Vow" might have been if they'd been allowed to breathe and live.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 9, 2012
"The Vow" serves as a series of precise if obvious moments and emotional cues we must endure en route to the inevitable reconciliation, complete with an intrusively heart-tugging score and too much explanatory voiceover from Tatum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 9, 2012
McAdams is a beautiful blank. There's not a single moment when her character feels real, or as if she genuinely has anything at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2012
Most of the time it plays like the movie adaptation of a Land's End catalogue, making monogamy seem essential by associating it with high-end interior design.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 8, 2012
With its stately crane shots and plaintive score, The Vow feels as unabashedly sentimental as those melodramas, but resists the cloying impulse to manufacture tragedy for easy tears.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2012
Earnest hokum of this nature has become increasingly rare. And for a reason.
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Anna Smith
Time Out
February 7, 2012
Both stars make decent use of the script's gently humorous potential. As a superficial look at a weird situation, it's reasonably diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5