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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) Expand

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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
    Best movie of it's kind in years! This one is in the same class as STAR WARS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. It's a science fiction masterpiece.Best movie of it's kind in years! This one is in the same class as STAR WARS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. It's a science fiction masterpiece. It's an absolutely perfect movie. Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2012
    10
    First and foremost, this film is a ton of fun, with characters you like that have some depth and soul - even the strange and wonderful aliensFirst and foremost, this film is a ton of fun, with characters you like that have some depth and soul - even the strange and wonderful aliens and monsters. It has great action, effects and a sweet romance at its core. Ignore the bad press and ignorant reviewers who think this copied "Avatar" or "Star Wars" - I'd like to know how a 100 year old story managed that little trick? Edgar Rice Burroughs "A Princess of Mars" may be 100 years old, but the creative team behind this gem of a movie has updated the story nicely while retaining what makes Burroughs "Barsoom" stories so wildly entertaining. Yes, it was an expensive movie to make - but it shows it all on the screen, and then some. This film is a nice throwback to better movie making, where actual sets were built and actual locations were journeyed to, creating a level of realism you don't see in films shot on green-screen sets. Do yourself a favor and see this movie: relax, let go and enjoy one of the most entertaining films in the last several years. 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 27, 2012
    8
    I am going to give this movie love because it deserves it. It also should be getting the box office numbers that The Hunger Games is currentlyI am going to give this movie love because it deserves it. It also should be getting the box office numbers that The Hunger Games is currently getting. John Carter is a better film. It was a fun, entertaining time. The story, the direction, the acting, the effects work were all great. If you love SciFi, you should go and see it right now. It is possible that because of the horrible title and the horrible trailers this movie didn't do nowhere close to as well as it should have done. Also, who are there 50-70 year old men that are movie critics these days? Don't listen to them. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2012
    7
    Overall a good movie. It follows the cliche movie plot, good guy ,meets girl, defeats bad guy, wins girl, but does it a unique way that IOverall a good movie. It follows the cliche movie plot, good guy ,meets girl, defeats bad guy, wins girl, but does it a unique way that I found entertaining. I only remember this was in 3D because I paid an extra $3 for the glasses. Expand
  6. Mar 14, 2012
    6
    To see a diffferent view of John Carter and a detailed discussion of the actors and acting visitTo see a diffferent view of John Carter and a detailed discussion of the actors and acting visit http://bobneilson.org/2012/03/14/john-carter-stillborn-franchise/ 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. Collapse

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