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John Carter Reviews

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Kevin A. Ranson
March 28, 2012
John Carter is an instant classic... Disney should be ashamed of themselves for treating Mars like a red-headed step planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
March 26, 2012
A mess.
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
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 22, 2012
John Carter aims at Mars, but misses
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
March 21, 2012
Over-produced, overlong and too violent for young children, but it isn't lacking in marvelous special effects, occasional magic and general entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 20, 2012
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 19, 2012
Manages to overcome an inflated running time and occasional bouts of cuteness by remembering and embracing its pulp fiction roots as an 'interplanetary romance.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 18, 2012
...the movie's disappointingly flat atmosphere [is] perpetuated by Kitsch's competent yet bland work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Leonard Maltin
March 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
March 16, 2012
Therns, Tharks and Thoats, oh my! If Taylor Kitsch had brought even an ounce of charm, charisma or humor . . .
Full Review | Original Score: C+
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 16, 2012
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
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
March 14, 2012
Romance, action, humor, and even some philosophical gristle: Is war a cosmic constant? Is anything worth fighting for?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 13, 2012
[Provides] dumbfounding sci-fi vistas in admirable quantity if not quite in creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
March 13, 2012
Fails to transcend the generic.
Brian Orndorf
March 12, 2012
While possibly impenetrable to the casual viewer, the picture succeeds as grand entertainment, with dazzling technical achievements and wonderfully exaggerated performances of galactic heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jackie K. Cooper
March 12, 2012
Ignore the naysayers, this is a very enjoyable action adventure
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
March 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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