The Notebook (2004) Synopsis
A man (James Garner) tells a story to a woman about two lovers (Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams).
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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The Notebook Movie Review

By Asianfreak
88 out of 100 One of the most tearful, powerful, epic romance since "Titanic" and it will leave you depressed and cry of joy....

the Notebook

By ciastek
i don't like that kind of movies....but i love this one...Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling created perfect romance...this is very true...not like other unbelievable love stories...perfect romance told...

This one is hot!

By SouthCalGal2002
I love this movie! It's definitely a LOVE story. It's great for couples. Bring your tissues, it has a couple of spots where it will make you cry! Very good movie. Highly recommend it....


By heresditty
The movie was really good, James Garner is always good, even in old age. Definitely a good love story. I will say that I did enjoy the book even more than the movie. The movie is a must go but the...

my favorite movie ever!

By moviejunkie93
this is my favorite movie because its just incredibly amazing. SEE IT...

It makes you believe...

By singerann
I'm asking myself where I was at that time when it was released so that I found this movie just now years later and I know the exact answer. I was supposed to face it right now to truly realize the...

Love this movie!!!!

By flickgirl19
The Notebook is one of the sweetest romance movies I have ever seen! It is so good. I love it! It gets me every time. This is one of the best movies ever made....

Young, Undying Love

By hildacorrea
“The Notebook” tells us a story about a young couple who is crazy in love. This romance lasts only through the summer due to the reason that Allie; one of the main characters has to move away when...

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says More sexy stuff than you'd expect for a syrupy romance.
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