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  • Summary: Born in Virginia and a veteran of the Civil War, John Carter is an honorable and courageous man. However, the war let him dispirited and broken. Accidentally transported to the planet of Barsoom, he soon finds his strength and jumping abilities greatly amplified. He must use these newfoundBorn in Virginia and a veteran of the Civil War, John Carter is an honorable and courageous man. However, the war let him dispirited and broken. Accidentally transported to the planet of Barsoom, he soon finds his strength and jumping abilities greatly amplified. He must use these newfound powers to survive the centuries-old war between the native inhabitants and save this dying world. (Disney) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 42
  2. Negative: 7 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Mar 10, 2012
    80
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 8, 2012
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 8, 2012
    70
    If you're willing to suspend not just disbelief but also all considerations of logic and intelligence and narrative coherence, it's also a rip-roaring, fun adventure, fatefully balanced between high camp and boyish seriousness at almost every second.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 9, 2012
    58
    So why is everything so thuddingly fun-free?
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 8, 2012
    50
    The result is that John Carter plays like an alternate, inferior version of "Avatar"…Plus fleeting hints of John Ford's "The Searchers" - for this is also a Western.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 8, 2012
    40
    This new Disney film, marked by myriad lapses and marketing follies, bears the woefully familiar earmarks of a big studio production that was pulled and hauled every which way until it lost all shape and flavor.
  7. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Mar 6, 2012
    12
    As film theorist Siegfried Kracauer once wrote, to paraphrase, art often blooms in the most hostile soil. No such luck here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 210
  1. Mar 12, 2012
    10
    I'm in my 50's and I took my 12 yr old boy to see this movie. We saw the regular 2D digital version. We were both thoroughly entertained byI'm in my 50's and I took my 12 yr old boy to see this movie. We saw the regular 2D digital version. We were both thoroughly entertained by the story and the visuals. We want to see it again! Those who want to pick this movie apart for any reason they can think of (critics and users), and then compare it to all other sci-fi that has come before it, are totally missing the point of this Edgar Rice Burroughs classic, and their whinings should be dismissed. Go see this movie and have a good time! Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2012
    10
    For those who think this movie is a "Prince of Persia/Avatar" clone, they should realize this was adapted from a BOOK written in 1912. ThatFor those who think this movie is a "Prince of Persia/Avatar" clone, they should realize this was adapted from a BOOK written in 1912. That alone is pretty awesome. The majority of critics don't seem to realize or appreciate this fact... Regardless, I thought the movie was great and not at all incomprehensible as some called it. It was simple, awesome fun. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2012
    10
    Great action, great story, great fun! It was entertaining from start to finish and it is definitely the best movie of 2012 so far... whoGreat action, great story, great fun! It was entertaining from start to finish and it is definitely the best movie of 2012 so far... who could ask for more? This is a must see! Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2012
    8
    Although John Carter was directed by Andrew Stanton (the genius behind two of Pixar's greatest masterpieces: WALL-E and Finding Nemo), myAlthough John Carter was directed by Andrew Stanton (the genius behind two of Pixar's greatest masterpieces: WALL-E and Finding Nemo), my expectations for the movie were pretty neutral, but once again Mr. Stanton has directed a good movie and exceeded my expectations. I agree with a lot of critics on the movie's pacing issues, but apart from that, the special effects are outstanding, the action scenes are tons of fun, and the story is complex and interesting. I give this movie an 8/10. It's not as great as WALL-E and Finding Nemo (those are BIG shoes to fill!), but John Carter is a thrilling, fun-filled sci-fi adventure that is definitely worth seeing. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2012
    7
    Pretty good movie and the professional reviews seem to be unfair. It had some good humor - the Martian dog was very funny - it wasn'tPretty good movie and the professional reviews seem to be unfair. It had some good humor - the Martian dog was very funny - it wasn't excessively violent - just an enjoyable popcorn movie. Certainly better than the Phantom Menace and similar to Flash Gordon. Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2012
    6
    A ne pas descendre John Carter pour son manque d'originalité, le film étant l'adaptation d'un livre (datant de 1911)A ne pas descendre John Carter pour son manque d'originalité, le film étant l'adaptation d'un livre (datant de 1911) qui lui même inspira bon nombres d'auteurs et réalisateurs célèbres, tel George Lucas. Par contre, on ne peut pas laisser passer le côté "gnangnan" du film. La faute au fait que ce long-métrage est une production Disney, obligeant ce spectacle d'être accessible aux plus jeunes avec des dialogues insipides, un humour qui ne fera rire qu'eux, une musique qui en fait trop question émotions... Bref, le film Disney par "excellence", le studio gâchant ainsi un spectacle qui aurait bien pu rivaliser sans problème avec Star Wars. Car, en effet, on ne peut rester de marbre face à cet incroyable univers visuel qui nous est proposé (effets spéciaux, costumes, décors, bestiaire...). En bref, John Carter se présente comme Tron, l'Héritage : soit vous accrochez à l'univers est le film vous emballe, soit vous n'accrochez pas et ce divertissement ne sera qu'un spectacle à gros budget de plus. Expand
  7. Apr 5, 2013
    0
    Beyond bad. Where the heck did they dig up Taylor Kitsch to star in this I saw him in 'Battleship' which bombed as well, and he was one ofBeyond bad. Where the heck did they dig up Taylor Kitsch to star in this I saw him in 'Battleship' which bombed as well, and he was one of the main reasons. He has absolutely NO charisma, and that in turn makes each and every one of his lines...laughable. This entire movie is a nauseating mess, where one scene is worse than the next. Anyone who sits through this deserves a medal of honor. Expand

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