John Carter is an instant classic... Disney should be ashamed of themselves for treating Mars like a red-headed step planet.
| Original Score: 3.5/4.0
A bloated sci-fi epic from Disney that's made watchable by swell effects, passable performances and those little dashes of humor that reassure us that the filmmakers know this is all a lark.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Carter aims at Mars, but misses
Over-produced, overlong and too violent for young children, but it isn't lacking in marvelous special effects, occasional magic and general entertainment value.
| Original Score: B
Director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall.E) could easily have found himself feeding the belly of a turkey too fat to support its own legs - slow, clunky, stupid - but manages to keep a spectacular beast of a movie fast-footed.
Manages to overcome an inflated running time and occasional bouts of cuteness by remembering and embracing its pulp fiction roots as an 'interplanetary romance.'
| Original Score: 4/5
The finished entity feels like a rip-off of a film that ripped-off several rip-offs of Carter's own ancient source material.
| Original Score: 2/5
...the movie's disappointingly flat atmosphere [is] perpetuated by Kitsch's competent yet bland work...
As one of Pixar's star players, Stanton is an experienced cinematic storyteller, which is why it's disappointing that his first live-action project is so unwieldy at times.
| Original Score: 2.1/2
Therns, Tharks and Thoats, oh my! If Taylor Kitsch had brought even an ounce of charm, charisma or humor . . .
| Original Score: C+
an awesome folly, a misguided project of genuinely enormous proportions that feels like exactly what it is: an impersonal product of franchise-hungry corporate culture
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Romance, action, humor, and even some philosophical gristle: Is war a cosmic constant? Is anything worth fighting for?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
[Provides] dumbfounding sci-fi vistas in admirable quantity if not quite in creativity.
| Original Score: 5/10
With this production budget, you'd think someone in the creative chain might have detected that there was too much dramatic dithering in the screenplay, but entertainment factors survive.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fails to transcend the generic.
While possibly impenetrable to the casual viewer, the picture succeeds as grand entertainment, with dazzling technical achievements and wonderfully exaggerated performances of galactic heroism.
| Original Score: B+
One of the things I liked about this movie is that it has nice little touches of humor. The visual effects (I saw this in 3D) are quite convincing. The acting is effective.
Ignore the naysayers, this is a very enjoyable action adventure
| Original Score: 7/10
Great fun as we endure scrape after scrape in this wild, near-hallucinatory landscape, and director Stanton finds the right balance of cheerful solemnity and cheeky humor.
| Original Score: 3.5/4