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John Carter Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
They should have just let their freak flag fly and said, "To hell with it, here's 100 minutes of John Carter punching aliens."
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 16, 2012
"John Carter" is certainly an interesting idea for a film, with a power struggle on an alien world and an outsider affecting the balance, but sadly it never ends up fully working.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
June 30, 2013
This wannabe epic is forgettable, bland and way too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
The finished entity feels like a rip-off of a film that ripped-off several rip-offs of Carter's own ancient source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
Like watching a storm; yes there are flashes of lightning but most of the time you're just staring at boring grey clouds. After enduring the 132 minutes of John Carter tug-of-war it's not a complete win for team terrible but pretty damn close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 8, 2012
A cheesy looking (the 3-D adds nothing to the picture) quasi-epic filled with dullish characters and chaotically staged action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tom Clift
Moviedex
March 12, 2012
With a narrative as flat and barren as the red martian landscape, John Carter is a big-budget sci-fi spectacle that fails to excite or entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Bub
MovieFIX
March 9, 2012
Wall-E and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton must shoulder the blame for this over-bloated disaster. It's impossible to care about the protagonists, played by the helplessly wooden Kitsch and Collins.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 13, 2012
Fails to transcend the generic.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
March 1, 2012
Perhaps the sequel - if we ever get there - will fill in the gaps and expand on John Carter's legend now all the expositional heavy-lifting has been done. But is that an acceptable excuse for an epic to be this underwhelming?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 8, 2012
The books offer enough material for several movies, which seems to be the root of the problem here: the movie is so overloaded with exposition that the situations have little room to develop.
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Even if Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume series is adapted by its three screenwriters into a nonsensical mess, then it should at least be a visual feast, right? Hardly.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 8, 2012
There's a lot of hokey fun in old pulp stories like Burroughs', but John Carter fails to capture any of that charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
March 9, 2012
Confusing and, at times, positively frustrating, John Carter is a film that screams too much post-production tinkering. During the screening, I actually turned to Film Fix co-host Jeff Marker and asked him if we had missed a reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 9, 2012
Disney and director Andrew Stanton may have dusted off the creaky franchise and wrapped it in $300 million worth of 3-D digital effects, but the final product still feels like ancient history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 2, 2012
The story veers between interesting, boring and borderline incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 7, 2012
The film is at least half-an-hour too long and is often as dull as Will Smith's repulsively silly Wild Wild West.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2012
The action sequences are generally well-executed, but they're too much of a muchness. CGI makes them seem too facile and not tactile enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 8, 2012
Stanton's work here is competent on an epic scale; everything from the performances to the look of the film is perfectly fine, but there's a crushing dullness to it.
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