The Notebook
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Directed by Nick Cassavetes, this adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel revolves around Noah Calhoun's (James Garner) regular visits to a female patron (Gena Rowlands) of an area nursing home. Rather than bore her with the inanities of everyday life, Calhoun reads from an old, faded notebook containing the sweeping account of a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams) whose love affair was tragically put to a halt after their separation in the midst of World War II. Seven years later, the couple was reunited, and, despite having taken radically different paths,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"If you ever want to see a flawless example of a movie which is redeemed from mediocrity solely through the cast, there is hardly a better one than this."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A very engrossing and entertaining sudsy romance with top notch performances."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
" of contemporary cinema's most compelling and flat-out indelible love stories."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"How rare to see a film that says there is still a value system out there, that being thoughtful and caring is not uncool."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"This is a movie that isn't ashamed to wring each teardrop by any means necessary."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Bland and sentimental, The Notebook is old-fashioned filmmaking aimed at an old-fashioned audience. Kleenex essential."
‑ , Film4
"for someone who loves these sorts of stories, it would be a fantastic movie"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A potently rich story about the power of love, The Notebook is heartbreakingly beautiful and achingly real."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Our resistance is broken down, and the hankies are out."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams spark cinematically everlasting magic in a romance that's no tawdry Harlequin hay-roll. "The Notebook" excels most when contemplating love's obligations and responsibilities, that unique balance of fire and calm."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"I prepared myself for a tearjerker; what I didn't prepare for was an outright gusher."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Ssomehow Cassavetes pulls it off -- thanks mainly to sensitive performances and pretty Hallmark-card cinematography by Robert Fraisse."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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