As midwinter sudsers go, you could do a lot worse than Dear John...
—Matthew Connolly Slant Magazine
The latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romance looks like The Notebook with rearranged furniture.
—Scott Tobias Onion AV Club
...for about half its running time, the story earns goodwill with believable depictions of love both found and lost. It loses all that later in the game when it patently stops being honest and starts being Hollywood.
—Luke Y. Thompson E!
...surprises with a worthy payoff.
—Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com
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.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...more sentimental than a factory full of Valentine's Day cards and more manipulative than a conniving matchmaker.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...a handsome Lifetime movie...
—Brian Lowry Variety
The film takes itself much too seriously, yet its characters exist in a realm of fiction, never coming alive as actual human beings.
—Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter
Dear John is the sort of movie that gives tearjerkers a bad name.
—Lou Lumenick New York Post