Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. 25
    Dear John is the sort of movie that gives tearjerkers a bad name.
  3. 38
    Hallstrom and his low-heat stars can’t find the pulse of this corpse.
  4. 25
    As for the ladies who think any kind of chick flick is preferable to football, be careful what you wish for.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. PP.
    Feb 22, 2010
    0
    What the heck was this all about? What the heck was the ending? Worst movie I've seen in years, although I loved the Notebook, and also What the heck was this all about? What the heck was the ending? Worst movie I've seen in years, although I loved the Notebook, and also Amanda - I guess I would have to primarily fault the writer and director - don't waste your money or time on this. The movie starts off strong and carries for quite a while, but then totally falls apart into a complete waste of film. Full Review »
  2. Mar 10, 2012
    5
    Dear John is sweet and sometimes even moving, and it will please Nicolas Sparks fans and Romance fans. Yet, Channing Tatum has the looks butDear John is sweet and sometimes even moving, and it will please Nicolas Sparks fans and Romance fans. Yet, Channing Tatum has the looks but lacks in his acting chops and the film severely suffers from that. Still Amanda Seyfried and Richard Jenkins give noteworthy performances. This is the better of the Nicolas Sparks movies. I give this movie 49%. Full Review »
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    4
    There is nothing offensively bad about this, it is just dull and full of completely flat characters. Tatum unfortunately doesn't bring much toThere is nothing offensively bad about this, it is just dull and full of completely flat characters. Tatum unfortunately doesn't bring much to his role, and the film just meanders on until it ends in a rather anticlimactic fashion. Full Review »