The Vow
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"'The Vow' is inspired by a true and wonderful story, but that doesn't make the fictionalized version any less ridiculous."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"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."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
""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."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"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."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Tatum is unusually expressive; Speedman, both hiss-worthy and sympathetic. But McAdams is the real draw."
‑ Joseph M. Amodio, Newsday
"Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Thankfully The Vow spares us from all of that shakey-camera'd nonsense, but that's about all it spares us from."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"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.)"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The two stars look dewy and glossy and unexceptional, bound together less by chemistry than by the ministrations of a hard-working costume designer."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"As usual, Channing Tatum looks sweet and dull and, in most scenes, slightly confused."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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