John Carter Reviews

Page 1 of 4
February 25, 2019
For the most part, the first "live action" feature by Andrew Stanton, is graphically splendiferous and enjoyably nonsensical.
April 5, 2012
Isn't the disaster some industry observers predicted, but it's not the high-gloss masterpiece some of us hoped for either.
March 26, 2012
A mess.
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.
March 17, 2012
A century in the making, Disney's John Carter is a superlative cinematic fantasy that's without question the single most entertaining thing I've had the pleasure to see in 2012 so far.
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.
March 9, 2012
Director Andrew Stanton, making his first live-action feature after the successful Pixar animated films FINDING NEMO and WALL-E, hasn't been able to bring anything very new to the familiar story of battles among rival forces on another planet:
March 9, 2012
Stanton should go back to making machines talk. He puts much more humanity into them than he manages to extract from Burroughs, even with all that nostalgia working for him.
March 9, 2012
There's a delightfully unfashionable cheesiness about John Carter, a film for all the family, but in particular sci-fi fantasy geeks and older gentlemen who have never been able to relinquish the spiffing derring-do of Burroughs.
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.
March 9, 2012
Where John Carter continually gets it right is pacing, levity, and breadth of story.
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.
March 9, 2012
While we can still marvel at the amazing sights laid out before us, it is imperative that we never lose sight of who's who and what's at stake. That turns out to be a tall order.
March 9, 2012
John Carter is arriving late to the party, after George Lucas had already pillaged the source material and squeezed it for every dollar it was worth. Stanton has created a sci-fi adventure that feels both old hat and sub-par.
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.
March 9, 2012
Though messy and overlong, it's an enjoyable throwback to the movie spectacles of a more innocent age.
March 9, 2012
"John Carter" is a huge bore.
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.
March 8, 2012
Suffers from a convoluted plot and an anticlimactic resolution, but hits enough high notes along the way to be enjoyable.
Page 1 of 4