Warner Bros. The Notebook

Last updated date: July 7, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Warner Bros. Warner Bros. The Notebook placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.2
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
4,349 user reviews
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What experts liked
The photography by Robert Fraisse is striking in its rich, saturated effects, from sea birds at sunset to a dilapidated mansion by candlelight to the texture of Southern summer streets. It makes the story seem more idealized; certainly the retirement home at the end seems more of heaven than of earth.
- Roger Ebert
June 25, 2004 | Full review
This movie is supreme when compared to other romance films because it not only tells a good love story but it makes you feel something, the emotions portrayed by the characters go beyond the screen and right to the audience.
- Medium
October 19, 2017 | Full review
Some will write The Notebook off as yet another emotionally manipulative and overly-sappy “chick flick.” But because it looks so tenderly at an elderly couple stricken by Alzheimer's, others will find themselves attracted to it, placing themselves into the story and living out its emotion. It might also be seen as a timely reflection of the deep and lasting loved shared by Nancy and Ronald Reagan, whose love story has made a permanent cultural impression.
- Plugged In
But thanks to delightful characters, careful pacing and a stirring score, this film achieves the distinction of being exceptionally moving without anyone major having to die.
- Empire
July 25, 2016 | Full review
The Notebook is a pretty good movie. It’s a not a masterful cinematic experience, but it does the job. It entertains you for two hours
- Cinema Blend
The Notebook” is a beautiful, moving film that will engage young and old alike with its message about love, lifelong commitment and overcoming our differences in marriage. McAdams and Gosling have great chemistry and offer solid performances that are surpassed only by Rowlands and Garner, who are excellent.
- Crosswalk
The Notebook is incredibly sentimental, but then this is a love story about making the romantic decision, not the logical one. Or as Noah put it to Allie, "It's not about keeping your promises, it's about following your heart."
- Three Movie Buffs
June 30, 2004 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The only reason the scene was in the flick was to kill off his best friend and grant Noah money from the G.I. Bill to buy a house. It was a wasted plot devise. Unfazed from the war, Noah only starts going downhill after his father dies. There is virtually no mention of the war for the rest of the movie Why was this even here? I hate to see them use World War II as a period crutch.
- Cinema Blend
Two things hamper the film, though: love scenes that are needlessly explicit and a storyline that confuses lust with love. Noah and Allie have two steamy scenes and end up nude (shown in their underwear), about to make love, which greatly romanticizes teenage fornication.
- Crosswalk

From The Manufacturer

Behind every great love is a great story. Two teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love during one summer together, but are tragically forced apart.

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