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The Vow (2012)



Critic Consensus: Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams do their best with what they're given, but The Vow is too shallow and familiar to satisfy the discriminating date-night filmgoer.

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A newlywed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Jessica Lange
as Rita Thornton
Sam Neill
as Bill Thornton
Wendy Crewson
as Dr. Fishman
Bill Turnbull
as Funky Clerk
Dharini Woollcombe
as Receptionist
Rosalba Martinni
as Bakery Lady
Jeff Authors
as Professor
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Critic Reviews for The Vow

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (45)

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.

August 15, 2013 | Rating: C

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.

February 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 15, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely.

February 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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I enjoyed just about every second of it, this story - inspired by a real event - keeping me captivated no matter how many times the script came perilously close to jumping the shark or falling off the rails.

February 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to.

February 10, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Vow

A bit gooey but earnestly and engagingly played. Knowing that its based on a true story makes some of the more odd elements easier to accept.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


"For some reason I was thinking that this film was going to be a rom-com. Big mistake on my part. It ended up being a rom-dram. I didn't think I would get so swept up in this love story since I'm not a huge fan of romance flicks, but this one got me. The story being based on true events was what really had me thinking about the film differently. It made me like it more. You can't help but feel complete heartache for this couple. I mean to be so in love and to have something that horrendous happen and *SPOILER* to never get the memory of falling in love with you husband, your wedding, and your entire lively hood with this person is just heart breaking.*END OF SPOILER* I also kinda enjoyed that there was no fairy tale ending, even though I wanted one for her. Great acting by Tatum and McAdams. I thought they had great chemistry which is a plus when doing movies like these or the film would have never worked."


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Overall, not a bad movie. Certainly not "The Notebook", but it was an ok story about a man who never stopped loving the love of his life, for better or worse. I'm not quite sure if it's the presentation of the story, or Channing Tatum's moderate acting skills, but this movie didn't quite move me like I wanted it to...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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