'The Vow' Critic Reviews

82%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
30%
Rotten Tomatoes:   133 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    The two stars look dewy and glossy and unexceptional, bound together less by chemistry than by the ministrations of a hard-working costume designer.
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  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The movie's commitment to the blandest possible presentation of its central problem starts to seem perverse after a while.
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  • Henry Barnes Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Channing Tatum is terribly miscast as an arty husband who tries to help his amnesiac wife remember their blissful time together.
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  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    The Vow promises tried-and-true rom-com formula and delivers, treading in sappy, cliche-ridden turf.
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  • Stephanie Merry Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    It's a shame things are so black and white, because the movie has more promise - and more laughs - than trailers suggest.
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  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    It's quite watchable date-night cheese - the kind of movie you can simultaneously snort at and enjoy.
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  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to.
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  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    McAdams is a beautiful blank. There's not a single moment when her character feels real, or as if she genuinely has anything at stake.
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  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    A Valentine Day's gift swaddled in sanitized Saran wrap, The Vow is a pretty package of sweets, sealed off from the corrupting air of reality.
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  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    It's pleasant enough as a date movie, but that's all.
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  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Most of the time it plays like the movie adaptation of a Land's End catalogue, making monogamy seem essential by associating it with high-end interior design.
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  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    McAdams and Tatum aren't exactly thespian heavyweights, but even if they were, there isn't much they can do with this hokey melodrama...
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  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The best thing in the film is McAdams, who moves through her post-amnesia scenes with a plausible mix of good humor and wariness.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely.
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  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    With its stately crane shots and plaintive score, The Vow feels as unabashedly sentimental as those melodramas, but resists the cloying impulse to manufacture tragedy for easy tears.
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  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Sucsy works within the trappings of a typical cheesy romance but finds realism in the details and the banter.
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  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    Not even Channing Tatum's bare bum, clearly a Hail Mary pass lobbed at the ladies in the theatre, can distract from the turgidly sappy goings on in The Vow.
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  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    More than willing to comfort anyone with a fuzzy grasp on real-world romance that the pretty people will make it through somehow, with no scars too deep.
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  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The kind of featherweight fare that is enjoyed in the moment and forgotten soon after the end credits roll.
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  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    This film, with its would-be crowd-pleasing contrivances and rote adherence to formula, offers almost no redeeming characteristics.
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  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Earnest hokum of this nature has become increasingly rare. And for a reason.
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  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    "The Vow" serves as a series of precise if obvious moments and emotional cues we must endure en route to the inevitable reconciliation, complete with an intrusively heart-tugging score and too much explanatory voiceover from Tatum.
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  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    30
    'The Vow' is inspired by a true and wonderful story, but that doesn't make the fictionalized version any less ridiculous.
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  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    This is a movie that leaves you wanting more. To care more, to cry more, to love more.
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