John Carter Reviews

  • Kitsch looks marvelous, but that's the problem: He looks a little too marvelous. He's all sexed up with little to do.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Messy and chaotic ... but also colorful and kind of fun.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The villains are overwrought and the design of Mars is surprisingly bland.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Gets off to such an incoherent start that it takes almost the entire, interminable two-hour-plus running time to catch up.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A deadly heaviness brings Disney's would-be epic down.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "John Carter" is a huge bore.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Somehow, despite that boatload of talent, the movie never really comes together.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • 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.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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