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Based on 42 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 78 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    John Carter bites off more than even Woola can chew, but it's built on something rare: wonder instead of Hollywood cynicism. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The opening to John Carter is a dud, a battle between airships made of woven bamboo, bursting into computer-generated flame over a sandy terrain. 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. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though the project, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel "A Princess of Mars," is ambitious, it's also bloated, dreary and humorless. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    That's kind of the aesthetic that Stanton is going for: over-the-top pulp. But there's something generic about the digitally rendered Martians, 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. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    What director Andrew Stanton has brought forth from Burroughs' limited, hoary source material is actually kind of fun. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Director Andrew Stanton's Disney extravaganza is a rather charming pastiche. show more

  • 55
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    When Stanton lets the film be pure popcorn entertainment, with swashbuckling set pieces and lovably corny romanticism, it's a great ride in the Indiana Jones tradition. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Spirit counts for something too, and John Carter has plenty of that, in addition to the requisite dashes of wit. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    John Carter manages to be a ridiculous amount of fun, even if you are immune to the charms of Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) running around in what amounts to a stylish loincloth. show more

  • July 25, 2013 jk00000000159022
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    I dont even understand why we give professional critics a job. This has to have been one of the better movies this year. Will watch again

  • July 09, 2013 pl00000000156146
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    The critics are idiots. John Carter sneaks up on you, the more you watch, the more you come to love it. Kitsch is a cool guy and Collins is gorgeous and an extremely engaging actress. The two have an amazing chemistry. Rarely have I been swallowed up by a movie like I was with Carter. Fantastic.

  • April 17, 2013 Robert Coplin
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    I think this is one of the best movies I have in the last dozen years ranking up their with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series.The reason why John Carter didn\'t do better in the United States was that the movie should have been named John Carter of Mars.

  • March 06, 2013 toml0721
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    I loved it. As much as I\'m a Star Wars and Star Trek fan, this has become one of my new favorite films. I think you need to read the book before watching the film. There is a lot which needs explaining. I discovered this film on cable and watch it every chance I can.

  • August 07, 2012 ro00000000128209
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    It was pretty cool, but I had a hard time sitting through the whole thing. I lost interest about mid-way through.

  • July 25, 2012 dawkins3620
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    Good Movie, saw it in theaters a while back. Definitily plan on watching it a second time.

  • July 23, 2012 sg00000000127790
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    Taylor K. is quite lovely, and I\'m a huge fan BUT I had to stop watching this because I was very confused in the first 5 minutes. I could not follow the introduction and everything thing seemed rather disjointed. I wanted to give this movie a chance, but I doubt that I will in the future. Hopefully Taylor will get picked up for better films.

  • June 17, 2012 Stephen
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    Disney you marketed this movie wrong... I did not see it because of the adds. Too much before "before Star Wars before Avatar" That was your mistake. You killed your own good movie with the adds. They were lousy. I really choose not to go to the theater because of your cheesy add campaign. Fire your marketing people who came up with that idea. The movie was really good but your adds made it look bad.

  • June 12, 2012 model1model1
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    I am now convinced that the ciritcs should lose their jobs. This was a great movie on several levels. Unite to ignore the critics. They are worthless.

  • June 08, 2012 iy00000000125420
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    I have never read the novel or even heard of ERB before this movie. I skipped this movie because the last trailer was so cheesy and the movie was trashed by the media. Now I\'ve finalled seen it, it was the best movie I\'ve watched for a long time, and certainly better than any movie so far this year. Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys good sci-fi fantasy love-story adventure.

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