Dear John - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dear John Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
September 17, 2012
The father-son relationship stands out in this sentimental and satisfying drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 17, 2012
Seyfried and Tatum have absolutely no credibility as a romantic couple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
It's like a bad soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Dave White
April 4, 2011
You could hate it for being cynically tear-jerking... [but] it can't help itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/10
Don Groves
December 25, 2010
Mawkish romantic melodrama creates no sparks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0
Top Critic
July 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2010
It's more Scenes from a Marriage than Dirty Dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 1, 2010
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 | Original Score: 77/100
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 31, 2010
Like a couple of hours of channel-surfing among the Travel Channel, the History Channel and Discovery Health. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
May 16, 2010
Achieves its modest, unpretentious goals in an agreeable, likable fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Croot
April 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 22, 2010
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...
| Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2010
Prettifies heartache and hardship to the point where it barely has any meaning at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phelim O'Neill
April 16, 2010
Their romance fizzles out in their letters to each other, and the plot gets lost in the post.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Cox
Daily Mail (UK)
April 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2010
A touching melodrama illuminated by a solid turn from Tatum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
April 15, 2010
A sucker for a cheap sob, it left me cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
April 15, 2010
It's fairly romantic and looks good on screen, but the plot is too slight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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