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"Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong" About... The Notebook

It's the romance of our time but is the Nicholas Sparks weepie worthy of all the love? We're diving into the maybe-toxic bond between Noah and Ally, and the world and The Notebook.

by | February 11, 2021 | Comments

The Notebook

(Photo by New Line/courtesy Everett Collection)

It’s the movie with the moment that’s had us swooning – and getting very soggy trying to replicate it – for more than 17 years, but does The Notebook deserve its status as the great romance flick of our time? That’s what we’re asking in the latest episode of our podcast, Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong.

Joining hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis to talk everything Noah and Ally is pop-culture expert and Geekbomb founder Maude Garrett. With the critics and audiences split – the movie has a Rotten Tomatometer score of 53% but an Audience Score of 85% – our trio dives into that palpable chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling (and the behind-the-scenes fireworks between them); the might-actually-be-totally-toxic relationship at the center of the film; and whether the movie is truly moving or just manipulative.


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Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”


If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at rtiswrong@rottentomatoes.com.


Meet the hosts

Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.

Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.


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