Dear John


Dear John (2010)


Critic Consensus: Built from many of the same ingredients as other Nicholas Sparks tearjerkers, Dear John suffers from its cliched framework, as well as Lasse Hallstrom's curiously detached directing.


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"Dear John" tells story of John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis, the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John's increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas -- correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.

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Channing Tatum
as John Tyree
Amanda Seyfried
as Savannah Curtis
Richard Jenkins
as Mr. Tyree
D.J. Cotrona
as Noodles
Cullen Moss
as Rooster (Dan Rooney)
Keith Robinson
as Captain Stone
David Andrews
as Mr. Curtis
Mary Rachel Dudley
as Mrs. Curtis
Bryce Hayes
as Yellow Shirt
R. Braeden Reed
as 6 Years Old Alan
Luke Benward
as 14 Years Old Alan
Tom Stearns
as Coin Dealer #1
Michael Harding
as Coin Dealer #2
Brett Rice
as Pastor
David Dwyer
as Steve the Owner
Anthony Osment
as Other Surfer
Jim Wenthe
as Professor
Matt Blue
as Doctor
Lauree Bradway
as Party Guest #1
Glenn M. Tatum
as Party Guest #2
Martin Coleman Bowen
as Party Guest #3
Steven O'Connor
as Colonel Kittrick
Teresa Smith
as Tim's Nurse
Shelley Reid
as Airport Security Guard
Cenk Otay
as Screaming Man
Lisa Burrascano
as Woman in Pink
Mary Fischer
as Helpful Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Dear John

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (38)

It's like a bad soap opera.

May 6, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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.

Jul 4, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/10 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Apr 16, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A sucker for a cheap sob, it left me cold.

Apr 15, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Feb 12, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 12, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dear John

Rather beautifully photographed love story that does not entirely follow your expectations (which is both good and bad) and entertains well enough. There are nice moments and Seyfried is extremely charismatic, but ultimately nothing that happens reaches very deeply or sweeps you off your feet, really. It's for fans of such novels, I suppose.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Well goes no where just like the on screen romance! Boring as hell, wouldn't recommend!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Ooooooh nice movie!! This was a sweet love story with U-turns in the lives of the main characters that conclude in a very nice ending. Sadness abounds, but true love wins out in the end. No violence, foul language or trash in this one---just a charming love story

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Depressing, cliche, and quite unwatchable at times, Dear John really doesn't have an interesting story to tell, and despite it being in the romantic genre, the film makes the viewer feel nothing more than annoyance.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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