Box art for The Vow (2012)

The Vow (2012)

drama, romance

Against all odds, young man must win back his wife's love after she loses her memory in a car accident..

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Predictable romantic drama lacks depth.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this true story-inspired emotional drama, which is cut from the same cloth as the very romantic The Notebook, also stars Rachel McAdams (here she plays a young artist who wakes up from a coma with absolutely no idea that she's happily married to Channing Tatum). It's a tearjerker that deals with some heavy material, including family estrangement, infidelity, divorce, loss, and identity. Expect sexual innuendo, kissing and making out, and partial nudity (a man's backside), as well as some swearing ("s--t," etc.) and social drinking. The sexual content is presented within the context of a couple's deep love for each other.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about The Vow's messages about relationships. What is it saying about marriage? The nature of love? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding relationships.
  • Do you consider Paige a role model? Why does she let others make decisions for her? How does she break out of this rut?
  • The movie was inspired by true events. How accurate do you think it is? Why might filmmakers change the details of a true story when making a movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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, Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rotten: This is a movie that leaves you wanting more. To care more, to cry more, to love more.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, February 9, 2012

Rotten: The Vow promises tried-and-true rom-com formula and delivers, treading in sappy, clich-ridden turf.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, February 9, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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.

- jjnxn, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

3 stars

"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."

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, August 14, 2012

3 stars

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...

- itsjustme2004, Wednesday, July 4, 2012