Dear John
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Director Lasse Hallström and screenwriter Jamie Linden collaborate to adapt author Nicholas Sparks' novel about a young soldier who falls for an idealistic college girl. Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) was on spring break when she first met John Tyree (Channing Tatum), who was home on temporary leave. For the smitten soldier it was practically love at first sight. Over the course of the next seven years, when each deployment seemed more treacherous than the last, the love letters that Savannah sent to John were one of the only things that kept him going. However, those loving and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's like a bad soap opera."
‑ Christine Champ,
"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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, L.A. Weekly
"The father-son relationship stands out in this sentimental and satisfying drama."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"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."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"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."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Seyfried and Tatum have absolutely no credibility as a romantic couple."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Mawkish romantic melodrama creates no sparks."
‑ Don Groves,
"Like a couple of hours of channel-surfing among the Travel Channel, the History Channel and Discovery Health. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A sucker for a cheap sob, it left me cold."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Indecently exploits 9/11 and throws in autism and canver for unscrupulous measure."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"You could hate it for being cynically tear-jerking... [but] it can't help itself."
‑ Dave White,
"It's more Scenes from a Marriage than Dirty Dancing."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Achieves its modest, unpretentious goals in an agreeable, likable fashion."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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