• PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Lasse Hallstrom
    In Theaters:
    Feb 5, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 25, 2010
  • Screen Gems/SONY PICTURES


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Dear John Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

The father-son relationship stands out in this sentimental and satisfying drama.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.0/5

September 17, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Seyfried and Tatum have absolutely no credibility as a romantic couple.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

April 17, 2012
Christine Champ
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It's like a bad soap opera.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D+

May 6, 2011
Dave White

You could hate it for being cynically tear-jerking... [but] it can't help itself.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2011
Joshua Starnes

Dear John is built on mawkishness and it brings everything it touches down to that level. It rubs the metaphor of coins and coin collecting so deeply into the audience face you're sure to have a welt by the time the movie's over.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 4/10

March 18, 2011
Don Groves

Mawkish romantic melodrama creates no sparks.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2.0

December 25, 2010
Ian Buckwalter
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What starts as a charming anachronism %u2014 pens, paper and the postal service in an impersonal digital age %u2014 becomes tedious as Hallstrom is reduced to interminable, repetitive montages covering the many months that the pair are apart.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 3.5/10

July 4, 2010
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

It's more Scenes from a Marriage than Dirty Dancing.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: C+

July 3, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Another "timeless' romance from the pen of Shakespeare-level genius Nicholas Sparks made into a mediocre movie starring pretty young people ...They have an epistolary romance.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 77/100

June 1, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Like a couple of hours of channel-surfing among the Travel Channel, the History Channel and Discovery Health. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

May 31, 2010
Michael Dequina

Achieves its modest, unpretentious goals in an agreeable, likable fashion.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2010
James Croot

Of course, there are some things you can always count on in a Sparks adaptation - sandy locations, star-crossed lovers and searing melodrama, all tied in a neat emotionally manipulative bow.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 3/5

April 27, 2010
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Tatum makes what use he can of his two expressions, Seyfried does her best to perk things up and much the best performer is Richard Jenkins...

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2010


Prettifies heartache and hardship to the point where it barely has any meaning at all.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/4

April 19, 2010
Phelim O'Neill

Their romance fizzles out in their letters to each other, and the plot gets lost in the post.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

April 16, 2010
Tom Cox
Daily Mail [UK]

It's a shame the whole thing resembles a schmaltzy video for a wet female singer, as there's some real pain here and a twist that retains an impact somewhere deep in the chest.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

April 16, 2010
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine

A touching melodrama illuminated by a solid turn from Tatum.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2010
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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A sucker for a cheap sob, it left me cold.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2010
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

It's fairly romantic and looks good on screen, but the plot is too slight.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2010
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

The more the barriers between John and Savannah build up, becoming seemingly unmovable, the more you want to see them get back together - that's what keeps Dear John engaging until the credits roll.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2010
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