“Along With The Notebook ... The Best [Nicholas Sparks] Adaptation”
Just because A Walk to Remember is shrewd enough to activate girlish tear ducts doesn't mean it's good enough for our girls.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Proves that a movie about goodness is not the same thing as a good movie.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
This horrific teen romance-cum-weepie is best watched from between your fingers, or from under your seat, or perhaps standing outside the cinema looking in the opposite direction.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Goo oozes without mercy.
Mike Clark - USA Today
If you can't see everything in this film coming from a mile away, then you really need to get out more.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
In their zeal to create a character who embodies a wholesome, positive adolescent ideal, the filmmakers have invented an 18-year-old girl with no self-doubt, no emotional weakness, no character flaws, and a crystal-clear complexion.
Jonathan Perry - Boston Globe
It drowns in sap.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
A love story so sweet, sincere and positive that it sneaks past the defenses built up in this age of irony.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's sad that Moore's first major cinematic outing scrapes the bottom of the melodramatic barrel.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
This realist fairy tale of impossible love has a fair amount of nuance and charm.
Lisa Alspector - Chicago Reader
An idealistic love story that brings out the latent 15-year-old romantic in everyone.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Plays like the old disease-of-the-week small-screen melodramas.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
So boring that even its target audience talked all the way through it.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
As far as I'm concerned, very little of what happens in this glossy teen-weepie romance can be described as surprising, and even less of it feels fresh or spontaneous.
Joe Leydon - Variety
The bland leading the bland.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It can't rise above the insipid banality of Sparks' recycled and recycled again small-town romance.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The kind of inspirational story that has the opposite effect. It puts you in a stupor.
Kevin Courrier - Globe and Mail
Shankman ... and screenwriter Karen Janszen bungle their way through the narrative as if it were a series of Bible parables and not an actual story.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The target audience may enjoy the film, but there's little hope than anyone other than 11-15-year old girls will be willing to endure Shankman's curdled concoction.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Mainly inspires gaping yawns and eye-rolling smirks.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
It's an overwrought teen weepy, Terms of Endearment for the TRL crowd.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Could have been crisper and punchier, but it's likely to please audiences who like movies that demand four hankies.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
Adopts a breezy anti-cynicism as a pose, and then spends the rest of the time failing in the most spectacular way to competently execute it.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Too-syrupy re-tread of Love Story.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
This is a great romantic tearjerker.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A shameless, compassionate tearjerker about hope, inspiration and courage.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
For anyone under 13, free from cynicism and with a need to believe that 17 year-old boys aren't just after one thing, maybe this film rocks.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Succeeds modestly as a teen movie. Expect anything else from it and you'll be disappointed.
John Venable - Supercala.com
An adolescent romance we've seen a million times before.
Dean Essner - Time Out
A monstrosity of a movie that I am all too eager to forget.
Michael Dequina - Film Threat
Those raised on idealized romances (the Ken and Barbie kind) where love conquers all will no doubt love this sappy tale.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
[A] wretched teen dramedy.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
A kind of low-rent version of Love Story with overt religious overtones...
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
'No one was expecting Remains of the Day but this film could have been more than just a Dawson's Creek stop gap.'
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Wholly un-groundbreaking, deeply conservative, increasingly sentimental, but reflecting some of the best of those qualities.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Director Shankman ditches character development in favour of delivering an exploitative date movie and dubiously conservative moral lesson.
Dean Essner - FilmFour.com
Mandy Moore only has herself to blame for choosing such a tooth-rottingly sentimental weepie as this.
Neil Smith - BBC
Seeing as how it's based on a weepy Nicholas Sparks novel, it's not surprising that this teen romantic drama is an almost unbearably weepy film.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A sermonizing and lifeless paean to teenage dullards.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
If you're a teen girl, you'll love it. Otherwise, this one probably wasn't made for you.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Lopes along from predictable plot twist to predictable anti-climax.
Shay Casey - Film Written Magazine
Poignant and moving, A Walk to Remember is an inspirational love story, capturing the innocence and idealism of that first encounter.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Faithful without being forceful, sad without being shrill, "A Walk to Remember" succeeds through sincerity.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
this film is as sweet as sugar; and as real as the porcelain bowl that it fills
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Pious, wholesome, and eminently open to mockery and derision.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
...an interesting tale of romance that would work with characters of any age. This just happens to have teenaged protagonists.
Larry Carroll - Countingdown.com
Unfortunately the book cops out with one of the oldest melodramatic gimmicks around, and the filmmakers follow suit, ending with platitudes that aren't going to convert anyone.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
A fifty car pileup of cliches.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
This is for those who appreciate their Dawson Creek fix supersized on the big screen. Taking a Walk to this pandering afterschool premise will make some cry indeed...but unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Skip it if you are old enough to already understand the moral of the story.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
A soap opera for young adults, who should be at school when all the television ones are on.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
With her Biblical quotations, endless 'to-do-in-life' list ... and imperturbable superiority, [Jamie is] more than a little creepy.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Gives those of us who are romantics hope that in Hollywood, at least, a perfect love still truly exists.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
hopelessly and willfully square, yet, for what it is and what it aspires to be, it's not at all bad
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A flick to forget.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
So few movies explore religion that it's disappointing to see one reduce it to an idea that fits in a sampler.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
This one is certainly well-meaning, but it's also simple-minded and contrived.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
You will be longing to guzzle a bottle of Pepto-Bismol after being subjected to this 90-minute sap- and crap-fest.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The tragedy is that A Walk to Remember is so unimaginative and dull.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
Plod, plod, plod.
Bridget Byrne - Boxoffice Magazine
This isn't quite Glitter, but almost.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A Walk To Remember is a walk that I do not recommend you take.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
The film follows their gentle courtship with such old-fashioned goodness that you can become a little misty.
Kim Morgan - Oregonian
A story about intelligent high school students that deals with first love sweetly but also seriously. It is also beautifully acted.
Octavio Roca - San Francisco Chronicle
You will either wretch or cry...I was in the middle.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The characters and situations are so cliched, you think you're watching a sequel to the holiday spoof Not Another Teen Movie.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
A cumbersome and cliche-ridden movie greased with every emotional device known to man.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Twelve year old girls should love this movie.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
What saves the film is the chemistry between the two leads.
Ellen Kim - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It has its faults, but it is a kind, unapologetic, sweetheart of a movie, and Mandy Moore leaves a positive impression.
Norm Schrager - Filmcritic.com
IHOPs don't pile on this much syrup.
Bill Pearis - Citysearch
A gob of drivel so sickly sweet, even the eager consumers of Moore's pasteurized ditties will retch it up like rancid creme brulee.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
Plays like a really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really bad TV show.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
There's not enough saccharine (even in this film) to flavor Moore's performance above bland.
Dean Essner - E! Online
A saccharine, but fresh and PG-rated alternative to, well, Not Just Another Teen Movie.
Pam Sitt - Seattle Times
Sparks focuses on young love so thickly earnest that it practically coats you, like butter flavoring at the snack bar.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Personally, I would have preferred a little more restraint -- a film less stacked in one direction -- but you can't deny that this little movie has a big heart that's in the right place.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
I gotta say, I was a bit bored.
Dean Essner - BeatBoxBetty.com
Far from perfect, but its heart is in the right place...innocent and well-meaning.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
All of the schmaltz and manipulative melodrama will make this a walk you'll probably want to run through and forget as quickly as possible.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Needless to say, the dramatics that follow are utter hooey.
Steve Simels - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Since the movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks best seller, you know death is lurking around the corner, just waiting to spoil things.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Rarely has leukemia looked so shimmering and benign.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
As camp and sermon, the film is shamelessly undercooked.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Moore is not a great actress (though next to the ridiculously inexpressive Shane West, she's Meryl Streep), but she radiates a girl-next-door charm.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A flawed, guilty pleasure, especially if you don't mind your movies extra sweet.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Just when you think that everything has been neatly resolved, the movie drops a bomb that is jaw-droppingly cheap.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
[At least] Moore is a real charmer.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Not only is it hokey, manipulative and as bland as Wonder Bread dipped in milk, but it also does the absolute last thing we need Hollywood doing to us: It preaches.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Parents wishing to protect their beloved daughters from cliche overload might do well to withhold the old allowance money for a couple of weeks.
Bill Gallo - New Times
salvageable bad boy falling for the relentless believer in good.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
...lacks a single moment of emotional sincerity or even a hint of chemistry between its leads.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Plays like a bad blend of an overripe episode of TV's Dawson's Creek and a recycled and dumbed-down version of Love Story.
Tom Sander - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
What could have been a neat little story about believing in yourself is swamped by heavy-handed melodrama.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
The only surprises are how quickly and unoriginally the banalities mount.
Bob Aulert - culturevulture.net
What this turkey is, is a cliche-ridden, boring, harlequin romance with bad acting and far too much piety.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Remarkably dishonest garbage.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
A syrupy retread of "Love Story" starring Teen Beat pin-ups.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Many a parent and their teen (or preteen) kid could bond while watching A Walk To Remember. So could young romantics out on a date.
Jonathan Takiff - Philadelphia Daily News