It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't as good as some other Nicholas Sparks films either. I loved the performances by Robin Wright and Paul Newman; those two saved this film from a dismal one or two stars. Kevin Costner's affect is just so flat; he's such a one-dimensional actor. He kept pulling me out of the scenes with his cardboard acting, so the movie felt choppy and awkward for me. I love the idea of the story though - a man writes letters to his dead wife, helping him resolve his grief and emotional upheaval, and sends them in bottles out to the sea. I believe it would have been so much better with nearly anyone else but Kevin Costner.
On a technical note, I was very frustrated with the subtitles/closed captioning on this streaming video. I needed to see them, but they wouldn't stay up on the screen. The only way I could get the words to show up at all was if I rewound it. In rewinding, it would show the subtitles for about 3 lines of dialog and then disappear again. So I'd have to rewind again, just to catch what was said. This makes for a VERY long movie, even if it weren't boring to begin with. Why were the subtitles so erratic and unreliable?