Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The director is Nick Cassavetes, son of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, and perhaps his instinctive feeling for his mother helped him find the way past soap opera in the direction of truth.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
An old-fashioned and occasionally schmaltzy movie that delivers an emotional wallop
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Considering the sunny, relatively pleasurable romantic business that precedes it, the elderly stuff seems dark, morbid, and forced upon us.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A gifted cast was bogged down by a treacly tale.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Dramatically speaking, the movie version of The Notebook has a first act and a last act but lacks a transition. If it were a sandwich, it would be two slices of bread without filling.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
You know what you want to see if you want to see The Notebook...You want to see girls in pretty 1940s dresses, soldiers in stirring World War II uniforms, handsome automobiles and equally handsome Southern landscapes. You want to see romance overcome adversity.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Mercilessly plodding pacing, problematic character motivations and a fundamental lack of chemistry between the two star-crossed lovers in question don't do a lot to help its cause.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Two hours of the worst sort of sentimental sap.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I have the same allergic reaction to this open faucet of tear-jerking swill as I do to the 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel that inspired it.
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53 out of 100
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