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Dear John Reviews

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Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 15, 2010
The pair have got real chemistry and the long-distance love angle works nicely. Then a rubbish subplot involving illness, needy children and horses comes along, and the film spoils faster than a fish finger behind a radiator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Mueller
Total Film
April 15, 2010
This is a slothful weepie, plagued by a sickly mishmash of plot strands and a gaping chemistry hole at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Phippen
Sky Movies
April 15, 2010
But this is a movie that tries too hard to cover the tearjerking bases, and in doing so manages to miss every single one of them.
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
April 14, 2010
It's not that I don't believe in love at first sight; I do. But this love is so sugar coated and sickly, I just didn't believe in it for a moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
April 14, 2010
Insultingly uninspired chick-flick fodder.
| Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
April 14, 2010
Once-talented director Lasse Hallström is definitely counting the cash here, while Amanda Seyfriend, Richard Jenkins and even the less substantial talents of Channing Tatum are wasted...
Matthew Turner
April 14, 2010
Disappointing, badly written and ultimately empty drama that fails to engage on an emotional level and only escapes one star ignominy because of the chemistry and likeability of its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Luck
April 14, 2010
Ultimately as welcome as a letter bearing that introduction
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karen Krizanovich
Radio Times
April 8, 2010
Despite its flaws, this is a wonderfully filmed romance that will have even the toughest of guys dabbing away the tears.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
March 31, 2010
Proves that old-fashioned stories are fashionable again; only romantics not cynics, need apply.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 14, 2010
Tatum ... strikes few sparks with the fetching Seyfried.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Weaving
March 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
March 2, 2010
By the numbers romantic plotline? Sappy tearjerker? Must be another Nicholas Sparks adaptation.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 27, 2010
Even director Lasse Hallstrom's giant talent can barely hold the film aloft. The story on the big screen seems slighter than intended
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
February 19, 2010
It might come in a pretty envelope, but what you find inside is nothing to write home about.
| Original Score: D+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 18, 2010
An inconsequential two-hanky lost-love woman's pic disguised as an inconsequential home-front war drama.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 17, 2010
... a sappy, cliché-riddled but well made romantic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
L.A. Weekly
February 12, 2010
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: C
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