Critic Review - Newark Star-Ledger

Whenever the fighting stops and two people have to stand and talk, all the air goes out of everything. Suddenly it feels as if we're in an empty theater, watching a dusty old sword-and-sandal epic.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (42)
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Justin Sanchez

Justin Sanchez

And what may I ask is wrong with that?? We NEED more of those. See the problem with most critics like you is that instead of looking for the unique experience in the movie, you go with a mental checklist of what you expect to see. So when not much is checked off on your list, you deem it a terrible movie, even though it's quite the contrary in the eyes of people who know how to truly watch a decent film.

Mar 9 - 10:22 AM

Liam H.

Liam Ho

Have you never thought that he's trying to say that its gets boring/uninteresting. He's not ripping on the material but that its not engaging.

Mar 9 - 07:17 PM

Alex Carawan

Alex Carawan

Have you ever seen a sword-and-sandal film? I'm talking about the countless Italian ones, with Machiste. They're as vapid and boring as Twilight.

Mar 10 - 07:23 AM

Joshua Tetreault

Joshua Tetreault

You're an idiot.

Mar 10 - 07:51 AM

Myra Arellano

Myra Arellano

Stephen Witty is one of my favorite critics but I have to disagree this time. I really think the movie critics and the american audiences are being too harsh on this film. It deserves a bigger box office not because the movie was top notch but because it's the kind of movie that takes you to other worlds that otherwise you wouldn't have discovered and it leaves you wanting to see more. Above all it really makes you feel eager to read the book . Yes, I could see a clumsy direction and editing and I sense the script wasn't up to the quality of other aspects of the film like the special effects some of the best I've seen in the past years and some scenes are childish. However I found it enjoyable, it inspired my imagination and I could notice the audience clapping at the end and some kids were exclaiming their approval in a joyful manner. If only one of those kids wants to read the book, if just one of their parents could forget their daily contrivances for the more of two hours the movie lasted, then it's a worth seeing movie. Isn't that what Hollywood magic is about?

And I'm starting to think the reviews I've read so far are extremely biased, some critics seemed to hate the movie even before it opened. I even distrust their opinions about the acting. When I see these kind of movies I don't expect Anthony Hopkins acting quality but I'm also ready to disapprove Taylor Lautner's kind of acting even if all the script requires is good looks and stunts. Taylor Kitch's and Lynn Collin's acting is acceptable, they did their best with the provided material and they made their roles believable and they have acceptable chemistry too. I wouldn't say they are good or bad actors but they seemed to work for this roles. I will see this movie again in DVD at some point and maybe I'll change my mind about certain things but the overall feeling the movie left on me it's of wanting to see more.

Mar 18 - 07:57 PM

Ayush Khare

Ayush Khare

agreed..!!

Jun 1 - 10:10 AM

J S.

J Sullivan

Ditto ^^

Jun 8 - 09:26 PM

Marcos Villarreal

Marcos Villarreal

Are you serious? we need MORE of these kinds of movies?! we have WAY too many of these kinds of films. John Carter is just another bomb from Disney, and they have already lost about $200 million on this film and it only made about $3.9 million on its first week and $13 million on its second. And why is it doing so terrible? because the movie IS terrible!

Mar 19 - 05:13 PM

Dan Cronin

Dan Cronin

Agreed...it was terrible...all over the place and booooooooooring.

Mar 22 - 01:25 PM

Wolf Ricketts

Wolf Ricketts

BRILLIANT RESPONSE , JUSTIN !!!

Mar 20 - 11:39 AM

Kyle Schlichter

Kyle Schlichter

Dusty sword-and-sandal is exactly what John Carter should be, though. The original novel, A Princess of Mars, practically defines the 'Planet Romance' or 'Sword and Planet' genre, which simply moves the old "white colonials travel to wilderness, encounter 'noble savages,' bring order and civilization" story into space. I'm not sure what you're expecting beyond "Cowboy travels to Mars, fights everything," but if the movie delivers that, it's a pretty effective presentation of its source material.

Mar 9 - 10:52 AM

Jem

Jem See

Thank you, good response.
Hate when something is rated bad when it is what it is, a true portrayal of a story and not a film made for the critics.

I like epic dusty old sword-and-sandal films.
If is was anything else would NOT be good.

Mar 10 - 05:58 AM

REM.

re manns

Fully agreed. Spot on.

Mar 18 - 05:55 AM

Steven Fuesler

Steven Fuesler

I have been reading several critics reviews of this film and this is what I find interesting. Documentaries or other movies that could easily have the same effect being watched at home on a TV are rated high. Movies like these that are effect and scenery driven are rated low. I think critics have lost the concept of why you go to a movie. It's to escape a few hours of your otherwise predictable life. Not to watch a documentary or some actor driven movie on IMAX in 3D.

These critics all seem rather silly to me. I think a better source to tell whether this movie is entertaining is the audience reviews.

Mar 9 - 11:36 AM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

LOL

Mar 10 - 03:06 AM

Jem

Jem See

Agree.
Movies and TV should take us on an adventure
not found in our daily life. I get enough reality all on my own thanks.

Mar 10 - 06:01 AM

Paul LaCroix

Paul LaCroix

Yes!

Mar 13 - 08:01 AM

Jared C.

Jared Collins

but not everybody has a need for those kinds of movies. Their job is to analyze and critique a movie and their scores shouldn't even sway your opinion unless you tend to agree with them. Movies are subjective, and these reviews are subjective to their opinions. For me, I'd rather go to the movies to see a fantastic performance or take in a deep underlying message. Sorry for the rant, but I wanted to give my two cents.

Mar 17 - 06:48 PM

Jack Graham

Jack Graham

I hate critics. It's a profession that thrives off negativity. You get noticed more with witty beat downs, than honest opinions.

JOHN CARTER IS A LOT OF FUN, with only a handful of flaws to speak of. And it's critics like this that make Star Wars: Episode 1 have a better tomatometer than John Carter, and THAT is a bloody shame.

Mar 9 - 12:18 PM

Samuel Huang

Samuel Huang

Yes I agree with you. It thrives on negativity.. they get more views with bad reviews.

Mar 10 - 03:43 AM

Dan Benge

Dan Benge

...and yet, you flock here to comment on their negative reviews. Who's giving them this attention?

Mar 10 - 09:19 PM

Godfrey Davis II

Godfrey Davis II

I think its more of an attempt to have a "shame on you moment"
but negative critics dont realize that they stop a really good movie from being seen.. especially in this economy... where bringing a whole family along can be quite pricey

Mar 13 - 03:49 AM

Geoffrey K.

Geoffrey Kemp

I have lost all respect for film critics.
See this movie it is actually fantastic.
Critics just want something to be negative about.

Mar 9 - 01:29 PM

Karen

Karen Wilson

This was a great movie. I loved it. You sir are wrong. This is why I don't value the so called "Professionals" for a movie critique. The get it wrong almost every time.

Mar 10 - 02:21 AM

Ebony Leopard

Ebony Leopard

It was quite "epic" wasn't it?

Mar 10 - 11:20 AM

corey m.

corey mills

Another critic with an attention span problem! Go figure! ;) lol

Mar 11 - 12:27 AM

Ken Gabisan

Ken Gabisan

Kinda agree with Stephen Whitty, the film just got boring and uninteresting containing less actions and excitement despite the story about John Carter's journey is interesting.

Mar 11 - 03:11 AM

Steven Fuesler

Steven Fuesler

Just saw this movie with my whole family and everyone loved it. If you have problems paying attention you might not or if your are cynical old poop you probably won't. But if you might be interested in a movie that is Raiders of the Lost Ark, Flash Gordon and Star Wars all rolled into one your going to love it.

Mar 11 - 07:34 AM

Denis Desilets

Denis Desilets

Objectivity is lacking, not an honest review.
This critic should be relegated to reviews more related to non science fiction. He's lacking in imagination.

Mar 11 - 08:03 AM

Paul LaCroix

Paul LaCroix

"Tharks look far better alone, in motion-capture, than en masse in CGI."
Um, you get that Princess Bride quote for this;
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

And, when we watch old epics before CGI, all of the extras are just as well choreographed as the stars and their stunt doubles right?

Mar 13 - 08:00 AM

Rich Sponaugle

Rich Sponaugle

you suck!

Mar 15 - 08:33 PM

Theo Black

Theo Black

Yes, we should have an action movie with lots of action and effects and no story or dialog like Avatar. Look Stephen if you did not want a movie with a story don't see one.

Mar 19 - 10:10 PM

Brian Lutz

Brian Lutz

Quit your job. Seriously, resign your position and spend the next year slamming your fingers in doors so that you may never write again. You described Hugo as a movie filled with "childhood wonder" (which is most certainly was not) and this movie as a "dusty old sword-and-sandal epic."

Newsflash: Hugo put people to sleep, John Carter was a rousing adventure. You were the one in an empty theater ... and the empty theater was that hollow space in between your ears.

you suck

Mar 21 - 08:36 AM

Dan Cronin

Dan Cronin

The movie stank..plain and simple. The only thing good about it was the preview of 'the Hobbit'

Mar 22 - 01:24 PM

Kassem Jaber

Kassem Jaber

not really. I was perfectly okay. JUST OKAY, nothing really great about it and very flawed. I'd rate it 2.5 to 3 stars

Mar 27 - 05:38 PM

Peplum Channel

Peplum Channel

Wow, this review IS bad!

What's wrong with a "dusty old sword-and-sandal epic"?

My name should say everything.

Mar 26 - 04:54 PM

Ferguson Jewellery

Ferguson Jewellery

When I was in Mexico, I saw a dog get hit by a car. Immediately the other dogs started tearing it apart and eating it. That must be what has happened with the critics regarding John Carter. If not for them, the movie would have easily made 100 million more in the first week. Luckily for us fans of the movie, foreign markets don't listen to American critics so it's doing quite well there.

Mar 30 - 08:23 AM

Hrvoje Ivich

Hrvoje Ivich

You're right :)

Apr 8 - 06:00 PM

John Arthur Beaman

john b

Yeah, who wants to listen to people talk?

May 29 - 11:48 PM

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