Despite the narrative losing its way in a slow middle section, experienced director Lasse Hallstrom makes a warm and likeable film out of this contrived tale of two young lovers separated by war, commitment and ten thousand kilometers.
Despite the story running out of gas and a hokey tacked-on ending, women of all ages constituting the intended target audience could not ask for a better alternative to the Super Bowl. Guys should strongly consider this movie for a romantic date night out
Dear John carefully distills selected elements of human experience and reduces them to a sweet and digestible syrup. It may not be strong medicine, but it delivers an effective, pleasing dose of pure sentiment and vicarious heartache.