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John Carter Reviews

March 26, 2012
A mess.
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
March 9, 2012
The most indelible performance in the film is not, strictly speaking, a performance at all. Rather it is Woola, a six-legged Martian hound who rather resembles a cross between a bulldog and a fetal gila monster.
March 9, 2012
The reported $250 million price tag for John Carter gives one pause. I suppose one could argue that masterpieces have no price. Then again, John Carter is no masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 9, 2012
Where John Carter continually gets it right is pacing, levity, and breadth of story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2012
It isn't bad so much as innocuous, $250-million worth of innocuous, framed by a decent start and a solid finish but sagging through the long middle like a cheap mattress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2012
Though messy and overlong, it's an enjoyable throwback to the movie spectacles of a more innocent age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2012
"John Carter" is a huge bore.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 9, 2012
Gets off to such an incoherent start that it takes almost the entire, interminable two-hour-plus running time to catch up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 8, 2012
Suffers from a convoluted plot and an anticlimactic resolution, but hits enough high notes along the way to be enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2012
The villains are overwrought and the design of Mars is surprisingly bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 8, 2012
This middle section, in which both Carter and the audience get a crash course in the politics, history, and theology of the Red Planet, is the movie at its most imaginative and most fun.
March 8, 2012
There's nothing to see, nothing to think about, nothing to care about, and nothing to feel, just emptiness. The emptiness is never filled over the course of 132 long, barren minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 8, 2012
Messy and chaotic ... but also colorful and kind of fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 8, 2012
A deadly heaviness brings Disney's would-be epic down.
March 8, 2012
It starts with a great story - of love and politics, time travel and mystical pathways between planets - badly sucked dry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 8, 2012
All of these characters, and the richly detailed backdrops, are utterly immersive and lifelike - even without the completely unnecessary 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 8, 2012
It's hard to believe Pixar's founder would have signed off on this project. The film is as overcomplicated, bloated and crash-prone as a bad-old-days Microsoft release.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 8, 2012
There's something generic about the digitally rendered Martians (whatever their stripe and skin tone), and there's a corniness to the dialogue that keeps the audience from any kind of emotional attachment to the Tharks and Zodangans and their ilk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 8, 2012
Against the odds, "John Carter'' is itself pretty amazing - an epic pulp saga that slowly rises to the level of its best imitations and wins you over by degrees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 8, 2012
"John Carter" may not be a perfect movie, but it's one where you can safely plunk down your money, grab your box of popcorn and come away reasonably satisfied when the closing credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
March 8, 2012
It looks as if Disney simply borrowed and recycled the sets of Prince of Persia and Gladiator, adding leftover props from The Phantom Menace and Cowboys and Aliens.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
March 8, 2012
Proceeding in fits and starts, and flats and stops, John Carter has some zesty set pieces but no rooting interest.
March 8, 2012
While "John Carter" is undeniably silly, sprawling and easy to make fun of, it's also playful, genuinely epic and absolutely comfortable being what it is. In this genre, those are virtues as rare as a cave of gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
March 8, 2012
At its best, it recalls Star Wars and Raiders Of The Lost Ark in the way it joins of-the-moment technology with the sturdy rhythms and easy thrills of an old B-movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 8, 2012
The major problem here is one of rooting interest. I hate to sound like a mogul, or a focus group ho, but at the center of this picture is a flat, inexpressive protagonist played by a flat, inexpressive actor.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
March 7, 2012
You can feel Stanton struggling to bring the confidence, wit and style of "Wall-E" and "Finding Nemo" to bear upon this leviathan, but he can't quite pull it off.
March 7, 2012
Yes, there is life on Mars in "John Carter," and it's deadly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 7, 2012
It's sometimes wondrous and often amazingly goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2012
Kitsch looks marvelous, but that's the problem: He looks a little too marvelous. He's all sexed up with little to do.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 7, 2012
The achievement of John Carter is that it takes the elements worn to nubs by everything from Star Wars to Avatar to TV's Fringe and makes them fresh again.
March 7, 2012
John Carter manages to be a ridiculous amount of fun, even if you are immune to the charms of Taylor Kitsch running around in what amounts to a stylish loincloth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2012
Somehow, despite that boatload of talent, the movie never really comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 7, 2012
Aside from a few inspired vistas and alien life-forms, John Carter is as deadly dull as its basso-voiced, beefcake slab of a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 7, 2012
It's hard to care about anything going on in this shapeless would-be franchise, which lurches from scene to scene without building any real excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 6, 2012
For me, this is the first movie of its kind in a very long time that I'd willingly sit through a second or even third time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 6, 2012
To watch John Carter is to wonder where in this jumbled space opera one might find the intuitive sense of wonderment and awe Stanton brought to Finding Nemo and Wall-E.
March 6, 2012
A very entertaining, unusual and loveable mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 6, 2012
Although the result is quite a mishmash, dramatic coherence prevails over visual flair...