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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
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
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
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2010
A touching melodrama illuminated by a solid turn from Tatum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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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.
Jackie K. Cooper
February 9, 2010
A movie with a slant so conservative the Tea Party people will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
February 8, 2010
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.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
February 5, 2010
The twists turn syrupy, but are elevated by a cast that throws itself heart and soul into the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 5, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
February 5, 2010
Teens will swoon for far-fetched, syrupy romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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