The Vow Pure Schlock

Movie reviews: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum can't save amnesia romance

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 10, 2012 11:33 AM CST

(Newser) – In The Vow, Rachel McAdams plays a woman who must learn to love her husband again after amnesia wipes her memory. It's no surprise it was released ahead of Valentine's Day: It's pure mushiness, critics say.

  • In the New York Daily News, Elizabeth Weitzman calls the film a "down-the-middle, by-the-numbers fantasy, in which no one is too quirky or interesting or challenging in any way." Still, "there’s no shortage of viewers ready to embrace an old-fashioned, guilty-pleasure romance."

  • Claudia Puig agrees in USA Today, saying The Vow "may appeal to the most rabid fans of tearjerk romances like The Notebook, but it's a hard-to-swallow, maudlin tale. Nearly every move feels calculated to wring tears or dopey grins."
  • AO Scott is even less forgiving, slamming the film's "threadbare setting and the paper-thin plot" in the New York Times. "Is this a romance about neurological impairment or a neurologically impaired romance?"
  • But McAdams "does a fine job in a tricky role," writes Chris Knight in the Vancouver Sun. She's forced to "tie a knot of believable chemistry with her co-star and then undo it again."

In this image released by Columbia Pictures, Rachel McAdams, left, and Channing Tatum are shown in a scene from "The Vow."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures/Sony, Kerry Hayes)
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