• PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Lasse Hallström
    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
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
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
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
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
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times

Despite its flaws, this is a wonderfully filmed romance that will have even the toughest of guys dabbing away the tears.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2010
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Proves that old-fashioned stories are fashionable again; only romantics not cynics, need apply.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

March 31, 2010
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

When the romantic fortnight's over, they promise to write to each other until they can be together again in one year's time. Then 9/11 happens.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

March 25, 2010
Simon Weaving

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.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2010
Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
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The biggest surprise here is Tatum, whose butch reticence has never been put to better use: His saddest farewell isn't to his lady but to a man even more uncommunicative than he is.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 12, 2010
Jackie K. Cooper

A movie with a slant so conservative the Tea Party people will love it.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

February 9, 2010
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

It will more than satisfy those with a predilection for old fashioned romance but cynics are warned to keep clear or be prepared to shut up and hand some Kleenex to their cow eyed better halves.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

February 8, 2010
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

When movie mechanics wedge into their romance, we check out. But there's enough love in this love story to make us feel for a son and his father and their attempts to connect

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 5, 2010
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

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

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 5, 2010
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

The twists turn syrupy, but are elevated by a cast that throws itself heart and soul into the proceedings.

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 5, 2010
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

You will believe in their characters and their emotion, to the point where their love scenes might leave you feeling like a bit of a voyeur. We mean that in the best way.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Teens will swoon for far-fetched, syrupy romance.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
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