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  • Summary: A sweeping love story told by a man (Garner) reading from his faded notebook to a woman in a nursing home (Rowlands), The Notebook follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds who spend one indelible summer together before they are separated, first by her parentsA sweeping love story told by a man (Garner) reading from his faded notebook to a woman in a nursing home (Rowlands), The Notebook follows the lives of two North Carolina teens from very different worlds who spend one indelible summer together before they are separated, first by her parents and then by WWII. (New Line Productions) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. A lovely surprise. Ripe with feeling and lush with physical beauty, it's a love story that swings confidently between age and youth, and, like the young Tiger Woods of old, avoids every trap along the way.
  2. An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Lowry
    70
    Overall, The Notebook is a surprisingly good film that manages to succeed where many other "chick flick" like romances fail.
  4. 60
    Amid the sticky-sweet swamp of Jeremy Leven's script, Rowlands and Garner emerge spotless and beatific, lending a magnanimous credibility to their scenes together. These two old pros slice cleanly through the thicket of sap-weeping dialogue and contrivance, locating the terror and desolation wrought by the cruel betrayals of a failing mind.
  5. 50
    You won't necessarily applaud The Notebook's excesses, but its final moments of grace will leave you in a sodden heap on the theater floor.
  6. 50
    To their credit, director Nick Cassavetes and screenwriter Jeremy Leven heighten the melodrama and seize on the most distinctive strokes of Nicholas Sparks' bland best seller.
  7. 20
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 100
  2. Negative: 9 out of 100
  1. Abby
    Jul 1, 2007
    10
    Very good movie. I was honestly surprised I cried :)
  2. VictoriaD
    Mar 17, 2009
    10
    I think if more people would love like that this world would be a better place.
  3. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    I recommend this movie to many people. Because it is very nice and moved story. This is about love story. The main character is old man whoI recommend this movie to many people. Because it is very nice and moved story. This is about love story. The main character is old man who loves one old woman. In the last scene, you must be cry. It is famous movie in America. I love this story! Expand
  4. Feb 12, 2015
    7
    Apparently critics are giving 'The notebook' a mediocre review, i couldn't blame i actually agree, the movie starts out an old man trying toApparently critics are giving 'The notebook' a mediocre review, i couldn't blame i actually agree, the movie starts out an old man trying to make his dementia wife Allison trying to remember when they first meet also when they fall in love; so anyway the movie starts Rachelle Mcadams and Ryan Gosling are star crossed lovers young Allison is rich young Noah is poor. It's Nicholas Sparks same cliche' in all of his movies including books. Like this movie is very cliche'd like seriously a person can't remember their love story? so James Garner makes a book about their love to make sure old Ally (Gena Rowlandsy) remember? wow what a cliche! but the cast is great and they give outstanding performances. Grade C+ Expand
  5. May 21, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first half hour was boring, only after halfway was mildly entertaining. However, I did loudly cry and yell at my screen at the end. Sad, but ultimately boring and, for me, just didn't live up to the hype. Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2012
    4
    The director seemed to do everything in his power to make this the most over dramatic romantic movie ever. Its as if he were trying to win aThe director seemed to do everything in his power to make this the most over dramatic romantic movie ever. Its as if he were trying to win a prize. The movie is phony and generic. Expand
  7. HaroldT
    Dec 29, 2008
    1
    I don't understand why people love this movie because to me these people should be n a mental hospital for screwing up films so bad.

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