Scott Von Doviak Reviews “Dear John”

Fans of earlier films by the thrice Oscar-nominated Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?) may be dismayed to find the director reduced to helming the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, but they shouldn’t be too surprised. Back in the glory days of the late, lamented Miramax, Hallström was the Weinsteins’ go-to guy for middlebrow arthouse romances like Chocolat and The Shipping News. He’s always had a sentimental streak a mile wide, so it was only a matter of time before tonier literary sources gave way to the insipid work of the master of schmaltz.

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