'The Notebook' Critic Reviews

86%
MovieWeb:   8 reviews
52%
Rotten Tomatoes:   163 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    [Gosling and McAdams] are, however and alas, only half the love story; they're the photogenic flashback.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Against your better judgment, you root for the pair to beat the odds against them.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    A gifted cast was bogged down by a treacly tale.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    May be one hundred percent sap, but its spirit is anything but cloying, thanks to persuasive performances, most notably from Rachel McAdams.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    This is a movie that isn't ashamed to wring each teardrop by any means necessary.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Considering the sunny, relatively pleasurable romantic business that precedes it, the elderly stuff seems dark, morbid, and forced upon us.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jessica Winter Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The minutes of Allie and Noah's magical hysteria tour are duly recorded in the titular ledger-cum- framing device.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    Two hours of the worst sort of sentimental sap.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    34
    If you found The Bridges of Madison County too demanding, if you like your romance with an extra helping of syrup, then your movie has arrived.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    25
    One of the shallowest movies in recent memory.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Now here is a story that could have been a tearjerker, but -- no, wait, it is a tearjerker, it's just that it's a good one.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    This film vaults past our defenses. We can see the characters falling and staying in love, feel the reasons.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    If it were a sandwich, it would be two slices of bread without filling. If it were a bridge, it would be two anchorages without a suspension in between. Nice anchorages, though.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    It will have many viewers bucketing tears until they are as dehydrated as Egyptian mummies.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    A small, smart film filled with heart.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    You can't write off The Notebook as just another tearjerker because the characters are brought to life in such elegant fashion.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    How rare to see a film that says there is still a value system out there, that being thoughtful and caring is not uncool.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    A determined and often affecting romance that doesn't speak down to audiences.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Well worth the risk of diabetic shock for the sake of superb acting that transcends its teary milieu.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    There are weepies and weepies. And The Notebook may be the most effective one in nearly a decade -- since the film version of The Bridges of Madison County.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Susan Walker Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    60
    Our resistance is broken down, and the hankies are out.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Meant to be a romantic weepy, and you will shed tears -- but only from the consistent and exhausting effort of trying to control your gag reflex.
    Full Review » 10 years ago