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Dear John [2010]


On leave from military service, a man (Channing Tatum) meets a woman (Amanda Seyfried) and the two weeks they spend together seem to seal their love for one another. When the 9/11 attacks inspire him to re-enlist for another two years, the two lovers must try to endure separation. Also with Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, D.J. Cotrona, Cullen Moss, Keith Robinson, Scott Porter and Leslea Fisher. Directed by Lasse Hallström. [1:42 - PG-13]


thumbs up

"In the hands of director Lasse Hallstrom, a blue-chip hack with a sure touch even when he’s slumming for a paycheck, this story of interrupted passion takes on a ripe, summery glow."

- A.O. Scott

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"Dear John is the sort of movie that gives tearjerkers a bad name...the uneasy combination of the World Trade Center, [Nicholas] Sparks and schmaltzmeister director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) pushed me perilously close to nausea and diabetic shock, not to mention deep sleep."

- Lou Lumenick



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Dana Stevens | Slate
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
John P. McCarthy | Boxoffice Magazine
Kimberley Jones | Austin Chronicle
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Rick Groen | The Globe and Mail
Lou Lumenick | New York Post

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