The two stars look dewy and glossy and unexceptional, bound together less by chemistry than by the ministrations of a hard-working costume designer.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The movie's commitment to the blandest possible presentation of its central problem starts to seem perverse after a while.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The Vow promises tried-and-true rom-com formula and delivers, treading in sappy, cliche-ridden turf.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's a shame things are so black and white, because the movie has more promise - and more laughs - than trailers suggest.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
It's quite watchable date-night cheese - the kind of movie you can simultaneously snort at and enjoy.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
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.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
It's pleasant enough as a date movie, but that's all.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
McAdams and Tatum aren't exactly thespian heavyweights, but even if they were, there isn't much they can do with this hokey melodrama...
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The best thing in the film is McAdams, who moves through her post-amnesia scenes with a plausible mix of good humor and wariness.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
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.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Sucsy works within the trappings of a typical cheesy romance but finds realism in the details and the banter.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
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.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
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.
William Goss - Film.com
The kind of featherweight fare that is enjoyed in the moment and forgotten soon after the end credits roll.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
This film, with its would-be crowd-pleasing contrivances and rote adherence to formula, offers almost no redeeming characteristics.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Earnest hokum of this nature has become increasingly rare. And for a reason.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
"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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
'The Vow' is inspired by a true and wonderful story, but that doesn't make the fictionalized version any less ridiculous.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
This is a movie that leaves you wanting more. To care more, to cry more, to love more.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The film isn't as bad as what it looks like--the Chinatown knockoff equivalent of a Nicholas Sparks movie--but that doesn't mean that those outside the target audience won't find it a painful experience.
- The Playlist
Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Ultimately the vision of love and marriage that is being presented here is a fairly routine, secular one, that it is love that binds us to a vow and not the other way around.
Kenneth R. Morefield - Christianity Today
"The Vow" might have been a decent film had the filmmakers taken the time to allow the characters to develop, or perhaps even if a better actor was cast in the lead.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Thankfully The Vow spares us from all of that shakey-camera'd nonsense, but that's about all it spares us from.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
The Vow presents some fascinating challenges for Leo and Paige, yet without fail the screenplay comes up short in allowing them to overcome the obstacles in their paths.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
The 2004 Adam-Sandler-Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates played retrograde amnesia for laughs, but The Vow, loosely inspired by the experiences of real-life couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, aims strictly for the tear ducts.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
- Urban Cinefile
The film is almost awe-inspiring in its unabashed embrace of a love so all-encompassing that Paige even treasures Leo's flatulence. (Seriously -- she rolls up the car window so the smell won't escape.)
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
So full of trite phrases, cliched moments and uncool coolness (she has a tattoo on her back!), it's mind-wiping. I vow to forgive this movie, just to forget it faster.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Execution is what really matters in B-movies, and as silly as it sounds, The Vow is a remarkably restrained, sweet little movie that never tugs so hard it becomes annoying.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Neither particularly romantic nor comedic, nonetheless represents a middling love story that should suit most of its intended audience relying on the chemistry of its stars.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Like a Nicholas Sparks novel with a dash of wit, a hint of edge and a smidgen less sap.
One of those 'inspired by a true story' things as concerns its premise, but in reality it feels more 'inspired by Nicholas Sparks.'
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The story of how Paige and Leo met is riddled with cliches
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
...eventually morphs into a seriously tedious little drama...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Oh, was there ever an opportunity here. But it's easier to go the traditional route, I guess, than make waves.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
It gets bogged down in mopey melodrama and never quite recovers.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's been designed as a female fantasy, a delivery system for bare pecs and caring glances.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Sweetly syrupy, filled with slick, heart-tugging, tear-jerking sentiment.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
... slickly efficient, buoyed by excellent performances ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
( ... ) a clean-cut, modern drama with an unashamedly old-fashioned emphasis on the nature of true love.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
An earnest and occasionally touching romantic drama that sweeps aside the devastating narrative potential of a traumatic brain injury to traffic in a more benign depiction of amnesia.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
It's got a half-baked script full of holes, villains written in bold type and, even though it's based on a true story, concocted banality.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Look for more than robustly-executed hokum here, and you look in vain.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's not really cinematic in scale, but it is made with heart and emotionally it should please the target audience of young women - and romantic young men.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Neither as formulaic nor as predictable as its constituent parts may suggest.
James O'Brien - Daily Mail [UK]
Amnesia, heartbreak and romance make for a too-familiar Valentine's Day entertainment
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Anyone who likes logic in their romance may be disappointed.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
The film's Nicholas Sparks-style sweet nothings extract as many eye rolls as "aws"; it's a box of cheap chocolates for someone you just met and you're not really sure you care for.
Monica Castillo - Boston Phoenix
The germs of a few good ideas reside within the bowels of The Vow, but the movie is too preoccupied with pushing chick-flick buttons to cultivate them.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It's nice to see a romantic drama that absolutely isn't trying to rely on smut or the inexplicable pulling power of an actor like Adam Sandler to get by.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
A movie of more depth than I expected. Love stories always find an audience.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The Vow never veers far from its heart-on-sleeve leanings, particularly with Tatum's overbearing voice-over, but McAdams is typically reliable.
Ed Gibbs - The National
Movies don't come any brawnier than Safe House, and all that chaotic mayhem eventually beats the plot to a pulp. By the fadeout, viewers are equally pummeled by a series of action set pieces punctuated by grim whispers of suspicion.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
This is made for the ladies looking for romance on a Hallmark holiday. It just happens to have a lot more talent than you'd expect from this sort of thing.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The Vow is a painfully humourless affair that I expect to have forgotten by the time this review appears.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Since we know exactly where 'The Vow' has to end up, it becomes an inexorable progression from the intriguing to the tedious.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Thanks Mr. Screenwriter, but I don't need emotional subtitling.
Brian Salisbury - Film School Rejects
Not as heinous and mushy as dudes fear, and not as romantic and dreamy as the ladies might be hoping.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Falling in love all over again...but missing a little magic.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Tatum is unusually expressive; Speedman, both hiss-worthy and sympathetic. But McAdams is the real draw.
Joseph M. Amodio - Newsday
Not helped by an unnervingly dumb screenplay and a performance from Tatum that makes wood seem too pliable a substance with which to describe it.
- This is London
In the very first shot, two deliriously happy young lovebirds -- Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) -- exit a movie theater. Don't give us any ideas.
Andy Klein - Christian Science Monitor
McAdams can turn up the charisma and make (almost) any role grounded and watchable, even multiple ones involving time travel and memory loss. Tatum is like a very handsome steak.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
This is one big, fat schmaltzy drama.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Not everything in it works, but the lack of reliance on easy answers earns it enough credibility points for a passing grade.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
As usual, Channing Tatum looks sweet and dull and, in most scenes, slightly confused.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
You want to care. You really do. But five writers and director Michael Sucsy just don't give you enough reasons to give a rip about these people.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
You want a vow? How about: 'Honey, I swear, if you ever drag me to another piece of Hallmark Hall of Fame schlock selling itself as a bona fide feature, Valentine's Day or not ... it's over.'
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
What a shame that the finished product-which comes after numerous attempts to create an effective screenplay over the past decade-is so lackluster.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
The profoundly mediocre screenplay was factory-farmed and you can feel the various conflicting drafts grinding up against one another.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
If the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore chuckler 50 First Dates had been recast as a romantic drama and produced by the Oprah Winfrey Network, The Vow might have been the result.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Looks to smear massage oils across the screen, offering viewers something warm and cuddly despite a story that all but demands a more forthright recollection of mental and marital obstacles.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The entire plot hinges on an impulsive moment of colossal stupidity.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
People do go to these kinds of flicks for a good cry. And when you don't deliver that and the audience just lumbers out of the theater saying things like "It was nice," you haven't really executed.(Parental Review also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
Predictable romantic drama lacks depth.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Happily, The Vow is a good deal sweeter and funnier than it looks.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Come on, guys; at least cast Clint Howard or someone equally repellant as Leo. Make her work for it a little.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
The strong stench from The Vow is likely to overwhelm the smell of popcorn in movie theaters this weekend.
There are unintentional echoes of 'Total Recall' in Rachel McAdams' storyline, which I suppose would make Channing Tatum her Kuato.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
As the patient spouse, Tatum has to play frustrated, enamored, short-tempered, amused, and defeated. He's better at some than others, it's true, but he rarely looks lost on screen here.
Sean O'Connell - Movies.com
If you drag your loved one to see it, be advised: you will owe that person big-time.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Can I just listen to 'Unchained Melody,' again?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
A quietly moving romantic drama, The Vow overcomes the "romantic weepy" stigma placed on it with its well acted tale of love gained, love lost and the evolution of personality.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
"The Vow" is a cinematic box of candy wrapped in bright red cellophane. Like any box of chocolates, you have to bite a lot of bad centers to get to the few good ones.
Louis B. Parks - San Francisco Chronicle
It has been many months since there was a movie as genuinely romantic as "The Vow."
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
As likable as Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are, their presence is small comfort in a movie with so little else going on.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
All of these people seem like lazy sketches rather than developed characters; it's tempting to wonder how moving "The Vow" might have been if they'd been allowed to breathe and live.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
In "The Vow," love means never having to say "Who are you? What are you doing in my house?"
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Winsomely scripted, longwinded and squandering talent in small roles.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The film may be entirely unafraid of predictability, but it's sweet, shiny and well acted; essentially it delivers exactly what it says on the box.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
Though it's based...on a true story, 'The Vow' comes across as a totally synthetic tearjerker in the Nicholas Sparks mode.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's like a can of fake Spam, the lower-rent version of something already from the bargain basement.
James Rocchi - Boxoffice Magazine
For all those who've been searching for the new Notebook, The Vow is as close as we're likely to come anytime soon.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
It's unashamedly escapist, but a turn for the serious as The Vow nears the finish line only underscores its essential silliness...
Keith Phipps - AV Club
This is a movie whose true romance has virtually nothing to do with the movie itself.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
The movie is just spinning its wheels.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
First-time feature director and co-writer Michael Sucsy gives us a by-the-numbers film that will appeal to mature femme audiences, only. Oh, and fans of Chicago, too.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A touching drama about memory, loss, and reclaiming love.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Love stories needn't reinvent the wheel as long as they treat their charactersand the audiencewith respect. A little chemistry doesn't hurt, either. "The Vow" gets these two things right.
Channing Tatum is terribly miscast as an arty husband who tries to help his amnesiac wife remember their blissful time together.
Channing Tatum gets a bad rap, but the failings of The Vow lie primarily on his (often-bare) shoulders.
Matt Pais - RedEye
It does have Sparks-ian themes of love and loss and it has a gooey layer of Hollywood candy topping, but it is a bit sharper and less sudsy than Sparks movies.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
I'm willing to sacrifice a terrible pun in order to admit when a film has charmed me somewhat.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
The Vow flirts with several interesting themes, but too easily this romantic drama sticks to a formulaic narrative that loudly preaches love conquers all.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
I now find myself in the ludicrous position of offering an apology to Nicholas Sparks for impugning on his good name by suggesting that he had any connection to this drivel.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Sucsy...took the true story of Kim and Krickett Carpenter of New Mexico and threw out everything but the hook - young newlywed awakens from coma and cannot remember her husband - and melded it with two or three of star Rachel McAdams's former films.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This film is watchable mainly because of the extraordinary events, which are genuinely involving and moving. Although typically, Hollywood has ramped up the emotions while avoiding subtlety at all costs.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
If I get in a car accident, suffer a traumatic head injury, and emerge from a coma to find Channing Tatum telling me that he's my husband, I'm just going to go with it. Even if I don't recognize him.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
It's the ultimate date movie, due to Channing Tatum and the real-thing chemistry he shares with Rachel McAdams.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Duff beyond words, with some appealing performances wasted.
Matthew Thrift - Little White Lies
Could've been an ideal vehicle to reteam McAdams with Gosling, but you won't find the actor anywhere near material this brain-dead and creatively stifling at this point in his career.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
a cross between Romantic Conflict for Dummies and Tepid Soup for the Soul
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Watchable romance with an intriguing premise and engaging performances from both Tatum and McAdams...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's slick entertainment rather than deeply profound but it works.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
While the premise is quite promising, the dead hand of Valentines Day co-writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silberstein supplant the human interest potential with a mawkish rom-com sensibility.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
A shell of a movie with a paint by numbers script and an unremarkable story.
- FILMINK (Australia)
Both stars make decent use of the script's gently humorous potential. As a superficial look at a weird situation, it's reasonably diverting.
Anna Smith - Time Out
So it turns out that perhaps the most awesome thing ever to happen to sappy... romantic flicks is brain damage. It makes sense! These movies are already brain-dead 95 percent of time anyway...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The few weaknesses in the plot can be overlooked as The Vow makes for a wonderful - if a bit teary - romance that is brilliantly acted.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
For all its clunky scripting there's an essential sweetness at work here, thanks partly to McAdams and partly to an unusually chaste love story that ultimately keeps melodrama at bay.
Emma Dibdin - Total Film