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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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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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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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Are you a nihilist? Trouble finding a way to bring satisfaction to a Friday night in the void of meaningless suffering that is your universe? Well, do I have the movie for you.

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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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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The movie makes an obvious statement about the cruelties of war, but that does not diminish the ferocity of its story and how two pampered boys are transformed into soulless and callous youths.

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