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John Carter Reviews

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Will Leitch
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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