• 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

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

November 17, 2011
Christine Champ
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It's like a bad soap opera.

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

May 6, 2011
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
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
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
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Halfway through the movie, I decided a better title for this weepie contraption would be The Hurt Letter. Tatum is stolid and semi-expressive, Seyfried widens her eyes to saucer-size.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

February 12, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Indecently exploits 9/11 and throws in autism and canver for unscrupulous measure.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

February 11, 2010
Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York
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Sometimes the leads pull off genuine tenderness, and other times their gauzily written caricatures can't elevate such overwrought housewife bait, but chances are, given its literary pedigree, most viewers are preordained to love or loathe it.

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

February 10, 2010
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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I just did not get pulled in.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

February 8, 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
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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There is not much point throwing Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried into a movie together if they can't devote every waking minute to making out.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 5, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Lasse Hallstrom directs with a softness that makes even combat look tranquil.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

February 5, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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C'mon, it's the millennium, it's the electronic age, where soldiers everywhere fight with one finger on the trigger of their gun and the other on the send button of their cell phone.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

February 5, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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What you end up with is indeed a big pile of goop.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

February 5, 2010
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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"Dear John: I'm in a really sappy movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, can you please help me!!!???"

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 5, 2010
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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Dear John succeeds where Sparks duds like Rodanthe crumbled because it harnesses fresher talents to pull off a comforting tale about the enduring power of love.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

February 5, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Even Seyfried, who otherwise makes a credible love interest, couldn't convince me -- or, by the sound of the audience's nervous laughter, anyone else in the theater -- that she had to do what she did.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 5, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The uneasy combination of the World Trade Center, Sparks and schmaltzmeister director Lasse Hallstrom pushed me perilously close to nausea and diabetic shock, not to mention deep sleep.

Full Review Source: New York Post

February 5, 2010
Stephanie Zacharek
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Seyfried's performance is lovely. Her character may be sweet, but she's also marvelously direct, two qualities that Seyfried holds in balance perfectly.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 5, 2010
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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A sappy version of the old letters-from-the-trenches weepers of the 1940s that hobbles along despite the best effort of its cast and a director who ought to know better.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 5, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Though Ms. Seyfried is a lovely actress, her inexperience shows in her climactic scenes, which aren't written very well to begin with, while Mr. Tatum's stolid reserve decays into dull passivity.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 5, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The leads do have a strong chemistry, and Seyfried brings a spunky confidence to her role.

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

February 5, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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There's no real depth or texture to the characters of any sort, sentimental or otherwise, and I say that as someone who can be brought to tears by a Hallmark commercial.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

February 4, 2010
Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If the teenage girls sitting in the preview screening were giggling at this film's awkward sentimentality and its nosedive of an ending, maybe a rewrite was in order.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Mostly, this movie is about two pretty actors moodily looking at each other with their pretty eyes -- and, for those seeking a little romance at the multiplex, that's often just enough.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 4, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Correspond with Dear John at your own peril.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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When Tatum and Seyfried no longer share the screen, generating heat, the movie grows as cold and lumpy as yesterday's she-crab soup.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2010
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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There's predictable attraction in the clash of opposites: he Tarzan, she Jane. If only screenwriter Jamie Linden could write dialogue half as good as that.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2010
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Part of the problem is Channing Tatum, an actor with the strengths and faults of early Sylvester Stallone: He can be a charming palooka, as in Fighting and A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, or a block of wood, albeit one carved by God's hands.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

February 4, 2010
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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There's an audience for old-fashioned romance, and Dear John will please most of it, given its attractive cast, cozy beach settings and brazenly uplifting outlook on human nature.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 4, 2010
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This terminally sappy romance delivers heartache, sacrifice, a make-out scene in the pouring rain, and not one but two autistic characters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 4, 2010
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Dear John fulfills its mission, which is to be a crowd-pleasing tearjerker.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

February 4, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Lasse Hallstrom's Dear John tells the heartbreaking story of two lovely young people who fail to find happiness together because they're trapped in an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Awash in mawkish sentimentality, Dear John still will move you deeply - if you're a 12-year-old girl.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.0/5.0

February 3, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's as pretty as a Carolina Coast postcard, as warm as a New England beach in February and as romantic as a Valentine's Day TV dinner for one.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2010
Brian Lowry
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Mostly, the movie provides ample opportunity to admire Channing Tatum's broad shoulders and Amanda Seyfried's incandescent smile, but the narrative device that keeps them connected while geographically apart doesn't work especially well onscreen.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 2, 2010
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A lame romance coupled with more handicaps and hardships than any film can survive without the charge of audience manipulation.

February 2, 2010
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