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Dear John

Drama . Romance . War

Sergeant John Tyree is home on a 2 week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off the pier. John falls in love with Savannah who is a student on spring break helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity. A romance occurs and Savannah falls deeply in love with John. She promises to write John overseas until he returns.

Actors: D.J. Cotrona , David Andrews , Luke Benward , Keith Robinson , Scott Porter , Richard Jenkins , Henry Thomas , Channing Tatum , Amanda Seyfried
Directors: Lasse Hallström
Country: USA
Release: 2010-02-05
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  • Stephanie Zacharek

    I'm fully prepared to hear people write off Dear John as corny, sappy, a movie for chicks. But I'd counter that Hallström's old-fashioned idealism about art and emotion is the more important quality shining through Dear John. Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    There's an audience for old-fashioned romance, and Dear John will please most of it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Fulfills its mission, which is to be a crowd-pleasing tearjerker.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    A touching melodrama illuminated by a solid turn from Tatum.

    Empire Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Ironically, they make the bond between John and Savannah look so natural that the ''dear John'' turn in their relationship makes even less sense than it does in the book.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Hallström's approach to the material is tasteful and restrained to a fault.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The film, while heartfelt and directed by multiple-Oscar nominee Lasse Hallstrom, is dramatically stillborn.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Dear John exists only to coddle the sentiments of undemanding dreamers, and plunge us into a world where the only evil is the interruption of the good.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I truly wish Dear John were a better, less shamelessly manipulative movie, but a couple of the actors got me through it alive. One is Amanda Seyfried.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    The film has two curious subplots and supporting performances that feel tacked on rather than organically part of it.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    You promised only a slim plot, tidy morals and lovers with quaking loins. It was fun while it lasted.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    You're more likely to roll your eyes than swoon over this slow-moving and far-fetched love story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Dear Nicholas Sparks, There's no easy way to say this. But with Dear John, the latest of the five films made so far from your sentimental, best-selling novels, I think our relationship is in trouble.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Janice Page

    Unfortunately for Tatum and Seyfried, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams did a far more convincing version of this same basic dance in “The Notebook.’’

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The appeal is there for those who crave formulaic romantic drama, but there's little of interest for a wider audience.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    The ending of Dear John feels manufactured and patently false. Seyfried tries to sell it, but you can tell that she's having a hard time believing the words coming out of her mouth.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    If you're just hoping for a little easy escapism, bring your tissues and leave your high standards at home.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Ultimately, the story feels as if it's killing time before throwing the next hurdle at the couple.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Halfway through the movie, I decided a better title for this weepie contraption would be “The Hurt Letter.”

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Awash in mawkish sentimentality, Dear John still will move you deeply - if you're a 12-year-old girl.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    "Chocolat" director Lasse Hallström’s tastefully old-fashioned melodrama has exactly one objective: yanking gallons of cathartic tears out of your face by any means necessary.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • John P. McCarthy

    As flat as the Carolina coastal region in which it’s set, Dear John features two gorgeous young actors playing denuded characters in search of more narrative garb.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It's the cinematic equivalent of a plastic-covered couch under a "Bless This House" sampler. And that's not a bad thing, for audiences who have a high threshold for sentiment and a low one for dramatic conflict.

    Slate Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    This isn't a love story, it's a misery story that drags on, not to a dramatic conclusion but a tepid moment.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    What happens when a genuinely dear John gets a Dear John? For the answer, just meander--no need for running or walking--to your local multiplex. That's where Dear John, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, will be meandering on its downward path from sweetly tender to terminally turgid.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This terminally sappy romance delivers heartache, sacrifice, a make-out scene in the pouring rain, and not one but two autistic characters.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Hallstrom and his low-heat stars can’t find the pulse of this corpse.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    He is meant to be brooding, I think, but Tatum’s vague features read more “meathead” than anguished young lover. He has to carry the film, but he’s the least interesting thing going on here.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    As for the ladies who think any kind of chick flick is preferable to football, be careful what you wish for.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Dear John is the sort of movie that gives tearjerkers a bad name.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Sappy and predictable.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
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