The Notebook
The Notebook (2004)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 25, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's hard not to admire its unabashed sentimentality, but The Notebook is too clumsily manipulative to rise above its melodramatic clichés.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

How rare to see a film that says there is still a value system out there, that being thoughtful and caring is not uncool.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

This is a movie that isn't ashamed to wring each teardrop by any means necessary.

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Bland and sentimental, The Notebook is old-fashioned filmmaking aimed at an old-fashioned audience. Kleenex essential.

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Charles Taylor

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.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Our resistance is broken down, and the hankies are out.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
If you are an old romantic person at heart then you'll love this movie. A deeply movie yet boring love story.
Eugene Bernabe
The adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel is possibly the best interpretation of all. Gosling and McAdams really make the film better than anyone expected.… More
Bruce Bruce
Although this movie has accrued much acclaim by critics and fans alike since its release, it has yielded no positive impact on the world of film or society in… More
Red Lats
I think the way you rate this movie depends on how much of a romantic you are. Unfortunately, I am a hopeless romantic, so it gets a 3 1/2 stars - even though… More
Candy Rose
I'm not one for soppy romantic movies but this one pulls at the heart strings. An older gentlemen reads a story to an elderly lady in a nursing home. The… More
Jason Robinson
Finally saw this movie, and I have to say: I get it. The plot was about as formulaic as you can get for a "star-crossed lovers from two different… More