The Vow is a welcome antidote to cynicism, and a bracing tonic that proves love hasn't disappeared from the film experience completely.
-Rex ReedFull Review
The Vow makes the least of its concept, refusing to acknowledge that a love need not be perfect to merit holding on to.
-Nick PinkertonFull Review
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 SchwarzbaumFull Review
'The Vow' is inspired by a true and wonderful story, but that doesn't make the fictionalized version any less ridiculous.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
Tatum is unusually expressive; Speedman, both hiss-worthy and sympathetic. But McAdams is the real draw.
-Joseph M. AmodioFull Review
As usual, Channing Tatum looks sweet and dull and, in most scenes, slightly confused.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
The kind of featherweight fare that is enjoyed in the moment and forgotten soon after the end credits roll.
-Jennie PunterFull Review
It's pleasant enough as a date movie, but that's all.
-Roger EbertFull Review
Sucsy works within the trappings of a typical cheesy romance but finds realism in the details and the banter.
-Sara StewartFull Review
It's a shame things are so black and white, because the movie has more promise - and more laughs - than trailers suggest.
-Stephanie MerryFull Review
This film, with its would-be crowd-pleasing contrivances and rote adherence to formula, offers almost no redeeming characteristics.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
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 GossFull Review
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 OgleFull Review
"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. ParksFull Review
This is a movie that leaves you wanting more. To care more, to cry more, to love more.
-Betsy SharkeyFull Review
The Vow promises tried-and-true rom-com formula and delivers, treading in sappy, cliche-ridden turf.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
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 BarnardFull Review
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 CovertFull Review
The movie's commitment to the blandest possible presentation of its central problem starts to seem perverse after a while.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
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 MurphyFull Review
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 ReaFull Review
It's quite watchable date-night cheese - the kind of movie you can simultaneously snort at and enjoy.
-Ty BurrFull Review
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 MacDonaldFull Review
"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 LemireFull Review
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 WeitzmanFull Review
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 SachsFull Review
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 DebrugeFull Review
Earnest hokum of this nature has become increasingly rare. And for a reason.
-Todd McCarthyFull Review
Like a less successful version of The Notebook, this works as an undemanding date movie; just don't expect much more from it.
-Catherine BrayFull Review
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. MorefieldFull Review