The Notebook
The Notebook (2014)

Towards the end of World War II, a desperate young mother leaves her 13‐year‐old twin sons at their grandmother's house in the Hungarian countryside, despite the fact that this grandmother is a cruel and bestial alcoholic.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 29, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2014
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The relentless calamity becomes a grind, offering few insights beyond ones that are obvious in the first half hour.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

If only I could figure out what all this was meant to stand for.

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Lisa Rosman

Notebook frames the evil revealed by the region's Nazi Occupation as the most treacherous of fairy tales: one that realizes our childhood fear that there really are no trustworthy grownups.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

In adapting the novel, Szasz and screenwriters Tom Abrams and Andras Szeker tread carefully, leaving a lot to the imagination ...

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Thoroughly unpleasant and at the same time completely unedifying.

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Laurence Boyce

While the film has a tendency to sometimes stray into melodrama, Szász has crafted a strong adaptation that keeps its literary heart but surrounds it with strong cinematic emotion.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

A bleak, despairing testament to the cruelty of war, and how it mangles and defaces everyone it touches.

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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Not a movie for those who insist on happy resolutions, "The Notebook" is instead a study in how the nihilistic worldview that clouds the collective Eastern Europe sensibility came to be.

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Todd Jorgenson

While some sequences are powerful and even shocking, the cumulative effect lacks emotional punch, due in part to the uneven performances and the familiarity of the material.

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