YMMV / The Notebook

  • Cliché Storm: Detractors will say that the movie is all but original.
  • Critical Dissonance: Ordinary moviegoers call this one of the best romances of the 2000s, but the critics seem more divided.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Some viewers couldn't sit well with Noah guilt-tripping Allie into ditching a date with her fiancé by threatening to kill himself otherwise. Given that it's legally considered psychological abuse, they may have a point.
    • We're also supposed to be perfectly okay with Allie cheating on a fiance who clearly adores her. To the point where he still wants to marry her, even after she confesses to him.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Noah's death becomes even sadder with James Garner's passing in July 2014.
  • Rewatch Bonus: The present-day scenes get this for those who don't immediately realize that the old couple is the older version of Noah and Allie. Case in point, the scene where their children visit and introduce themselves is very tense and you realize it's because it kills them that their own mother doesn't know who they are. Meanwhile, Allie's studying them like she's clearly trying to remember them, indicating that somewhere deep in her mind, she does know.
  • Tearjerker: Allie's sundowning incident after she and Noah get a mere five minutes of happiness, with him breaking down as he watches the staff try to restrain and calm her. A bit of Fridge Horror when you realize he's probably gone through this countless times.