Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John'Yet another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel ('The Notebook,''A Walk to Remember,''Nights in Rodanthe'), 'Dear John' is, like two of its predecessors, a romance about young love beleaguered by complications.

The film, directed by Lasse Hallström ('The Cider House Rules,''Chocolat'), details the relationship between Special Forces soldier John (Channing Tatum) and college student Savannah (Amanda Seyfried), who meet in 2001 during his leave and her spring break. He plans to leave the service when his tour ends to be with her, but after the World Trade Center attacks, he feels duty bound to reenlist. The two exchange letters over the years as additional hurdles arise.

Other characters include John's emotionally withdrawn father (Richard Jenkins) and Savannah's friend (Henry Thomas), whose son is autistic, but the movie's mainly about the lovelorn duo.

In general, critics are not completely smitten with 'Dear John,' citing predictability and blandness among other drawbacks, though many agree that it is, at least, heartfelt. Here's a sampling of what they had to say:
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