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Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, D.J. Cotrona ... see more see more... , Cullen Moss , Gavin McCulley , Jose Lucena , Keith Robinson , Scott Porter , Leslea Fisher , William Howard , David Andrews , Mary Rachel Dudley , Bryce Hayes , R. Braeden Reed , Luke Benward , Tom Stearns , Michael Harding , Brett Rice , David Dwyer , Anthony Osment , Jim Wenthe , Matt Blue , Lauree Bradway , Glenn M. Tatum , Martin Coleman Bowen , Steven O'Connor , Maxx Hennard , Jessica Lucas , Teresa Smith , Shelley Reid , Cenk Otay , Russell A. Turner , Lisa Burrascano , Mary Fischer , Savannah Lynn Curtis , John Tyree

"Dear John" tells story of John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis, the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuo... read more read years, the couple is separated by John's increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas -- correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.

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DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010

Stats: 16,668 reviews

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Flixster Reviews (16,668)

  • July 2, 2013
    Well goes no where just like the on screen romance! Boring as hell, wouldn't recommend!
  • October 22, 2012
    Ooooooh nice movie!! This was a sweet love story with U-turns in the lives of the main characters that conclude in a very nice ending. Sadness abounds, but true love wins out in the end. No violence, foul language or trash in this one---just a charming love story
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    July 28, 2012
    Depressing, cliche, and quite unwatchable at times, Dear John really doesn't have an interesting story to tell, and despite it being in the romantic genre, the film makes the viewer feel nothing more than annoyance.
  • June 30, 2012
    Love can transform us in ways we never could have imagined.

    Saw it again! Good romantic fim! I expected so much from this film and after finishing it I couldn't quite understand what on earth was the director thinking finishing a movie like this. It felt like a Nicholas Sparks k... read moreinda movie but sometimes it didn't. On a plus side the movie moves you and you can feel thru some good acting from the main characters that there love was really deep and real and that's always great on a love story. I would have like to see more of the ending, I wish they would have elaborate it more, it really left me wanting for more and I still can't decide if that's a good thing.

    Here's a summary of what this movie is about : While John is on leave in his hometown, he finds Savannah, a college student visiting the town. Although love was unexpected, it doesn't mean they didn't find it. With the knowledge of John having to leave for the army, their love still lives, until his re-signs on due to the 9/11 attack. Troubles invade and their love put on hold. One cannot bear it anymore; can the other?
  • April 2, 2012
    I'm a sucker for stories involving distressed love. So I enjoyed the movie, but I do agree that the movie is a big cliche - and it seems a good part of the movie is John or Savannah reading letters before the inevitable Dear John letter. I was impressed by Richard Jenkin's port... read morerayal of John's father. He's a great actor.
  • November 11, 2011
    i was mildly entertained by the Notebook 2: the 3-Ring Binder.
  • July 31, 2011
    Oh how this sucked.... Plot was just for teen girls who want a good chick flick. Performances sucked, I mean come on Channing? Overall it was a bad movie, mostly because they try so hard to make the THE NOTEBOOK 2.
  • June 24, 2011
    One of the best romantic films ever made! Also one of my all time favourite films. Although, the ending is really dissapointing.
  • January 11, 2011
    Surprisingly good! I wasn't expected this movie would be a really good movie, but once again Nicholas Spark proves us that he's a genius novelist because he wrote a great story like this one... Another thumbs up for scriptwriter Jamie Linden and director Lasse Hallstrom for bring... read moreing this movie to be a really good movie that wasn't boring to be watched, because when I first hear that the story of this movie was the relationship between John and Savannah based on the letter they wrote, I had doubt that the story would be very boring, but they prove I was wrong... The chemistry between Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried were great! And they two could be an A class Hollywood actor in the future... Overall, I enjoyed watching this movie and it was a really good one!
  • December 30, 2010
    A very good movie. I liked it a lot. Amanda & Channing were very good in it :) One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks films :) I just love it! :)

Critic Reviews

Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
Christine Champ,

It's like a bad soap opera. Full Review

Ian Buckwalter
July 4, 2010
Ian Buckwalter, NPR

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 coverin... Full Review

Cath Clarke
April 15, 2010
Cath Clarke, Time Out

A sucker for a cheap sob, it left me cold. Full Review

Melissa Anderson
February 12, 2010
Melissa Anderson, L.A. Weekly

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. Full Review

Peter Rainer
February 12, 2010
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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

Peter Travers
February 11, 2010
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Indecently exploits 9/11 and throws in autism and canver for unscrupulous measure. Full Review

Aaron Hillis
February 10, 2010
Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York

Sometimes the leads pull off genuine tenderness, and other times their gauzily written caricatures can't elevate such overwrought housewife bait, but chances are, given its literary pedigree, most vie... Full Review

Michael Phillips
February 8, 2010
Michael Phillips, At the Movies

I just did not get pulled in. Full Review

A.O. Scott
February 5, 2010
A.O. Scott, New York Times

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 ... Full Review

Amy Biancolli
February 5, 2010
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

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

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    • Savannah Curtis: See you soon then.
    • Mr. Tyree: There's something I wanna tell you. After I got shot, you wanna know the very first thing that entered my mind? Before I blacked out? Coins. I'm eight years old again on a tour of the U.S. Mint. I'm listening to a guy explain how coins are made. How they're punched out of sheet metal. How they're rimmed and beveled. How they're stamped and cleaned. And how each and every batch of coin are personally examined just in case any of them slipped though with the slightest imperfection. That's what popped into my head. I'm a Coin of the United States Army. I was minted in the year 1980. I've been punched from sheet metal. I've been stamped and cleaned. My edges have been rimmed and beveled. But now I have two small holes in me. I'm no longer in perfect condition.
    • John Tyree: So there's something else I wanna tell you. Right before everything went black, you wanna know the very last thing that entered my mind? You.
    • John Tyree: So there's something else I wanna tell you. Right before everything went black, you wanna know the very last thing that entered my mind? You.
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