The Notebook

  • The Notebook
  • James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Joan Allen
  • Directed by Nick Cassavetes

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. It's two cringe-worthy love stories for the price of one: Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the 1940s flashbacks, with James Garner and Gena Rowlands — mom of the film's director, Nick Cassavetes — doing nursing-home duty in the present day. Their careers will survive, but there's no way to endure the movie without earplugs and a blindfold.

From The Archives Issue 329: October 30, 1980