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Dear John Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2011
It's like a bad soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
April 15, 2010
A sucker for a cheap sob, it left me cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
February 11, 2010
Indecently exploits 9/11 and throws in autism and canver for unscrupulous measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 8, 2010
I just did not get pulled in.
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
February 5, 2010
Lasse Hallstrom directs with a softness that makes even combat look tranquil.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/4
February 5, 2010
What you end up with is indeed a big pile of goop.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 5, 2010
"Dear John: I'm in a really sappy movie based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, can you please help me!!!???"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 5, 2010
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.
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
February 5, 2010
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.
February 5, 2010
Seyfried's performance is lovely. Her character may be sweet, but she's also marvelously direct, two qualities that Seyfried holds in balance perfectly.
February 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 5, 2010
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.
February 5, 2010
The leads do have a strong chemistry, and Seyfried brings a spunky confidence to her role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5
February 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 4, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 4, 2010
Correspond with Dear John at your own peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: C+
February 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 4, 2010
This terminally sappy romance delivers heartache, sacrifice, a make-out scene in the pouring rain, and not one but two autistic characters.
February 4, 2010
Dear John fulfills its mission, which is to be a crowd-pleasing tearjerker.
February 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2010
Awash in mawkish sentimentality, Dear John still will move you deeply - if you're a 12-year-old girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
February 3, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 2, 2010
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.
February 2, 2010
A lame romance coupled with more handicaps and hardships than any film can survive without the charge of audience manipulation.