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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 parents and then by WWII. (New Line Productions) Expand
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  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. 75
    The Notebook is well worth the risk of diabetic shock for the sake of superb acting that transcends its teary milieu.
  3. 70
    Audiences craving big, gooey over-the-top romance have their must-see summer movie in The Notebook.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A determined and often affecting romance that doesn't speak down to audiences.
  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. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Hs a single goal: to prod your tear ducts to open up. It is very, very good at this task. Whether The Notebook is good in any other respect is a bit more complicated.
  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: 79 out of 97
  2. Negative: 8 out of 97
  1. SylviaV.
    Jul 6, 2006
    its a very inspiring movie about love the story line is great i just loved it but if they didn't put so much sex it would be a great movie for my kids. Expand
  2. DanD
    Mar 13, 2009
    This movie was wonderful. Sure it may have followed the stereotypical tragic/romance, but it has done it so well. I find it disgusting that someone can not see the greatness in the film. I could say more, but it feels as if my breath is being wasted. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2011
    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 who loves one old woman. In the last scene, you must be cry. It is famous movie in America. I love this story! Collapse
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    I can see why many people like it. Especially girls. I am myself a female spectator, yet, although I truly enjoyed, I don't find it as good as most people here seem to find it. The story is certainly beautiful, at times predictable, but delightful just the same, and I like the performances. Still, the story is not truly original, but it has good moments and all the elements together make this movie special, not an easy movie to forget. For what it is, over the average, but not much more. Expand
  5. May 21, 2014
    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
    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 a prize. The movie is phony and generic. Expand
  7. HaroldT
    Dec 29, 2008
    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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