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John Carter


Genre :

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action

Release Date :

March 09, 2012

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Andrew Stanton

Starring :

Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Samantha Morton, Dominic West, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Haden Church, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Ciaran Hinds, David Schwimmer

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4 of 5

“..the trouble comes when the film gets too bogged down with its storytelling, as if it's trying too hard to avoid accusations of superficiality..”
by Dave Golder [SFX Magazine]
“..the film is worth the price of admission if it takes us out of our seats and throw us into something amazing..”
by Gregg Katzman [UGO]
“..the designs of everything from Martian cities to alien life forms lack the visionary qualities that lodge in one's imagination..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..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..”
by Mark Holcomb [Village Voice]
“..some of the ideas may be wonderful, but there is such chaos on screen, it is hard to decipher what is going on much of the time..”
by Louise Keller [Urban Cinefile]
Review rate : D

“..nothing in John Carter really works, since everything in the movie has been done so many times before, and so much better..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
3 of 5

“..nothing here compares to the sustained choreography and epic carnage of Avatar and The Lord of the Rings..”
by Jonathan Crocker [Total Film]
3 of 5

“..it's hard to pinpoint a standout set-piece, and every battle feels rushed..”
by Dan Jolin [Empire Magazine]
2.5 of 5

“..it's all too much, and it's too hard to follow..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
3 of 5

“..it's a very entertaining, unusual and loveable mess..”
by Tom Huddleston [Time Out]
1 of 4

“..humorless epic doesn't make it easy to sit through the many key sci-fi tropes that Burroughs' 1912 story is credited with inventing..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
4 of 5

“..fun and thrilling old school blockbuster that owes much to the superb direction of Andrew Stanton..”
by Matthew Pejkovic [Matt's Movie Reviews]
“..fun adventure, fatefully balanced between high camp and boyish seriousness at almost every second..”
by Andrew O'Hehir [Salon.com]
“..for a Pixar graduate piece, humor is notably lacking..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
4 of 5

“..by the end of the adventure, even the initially befuddling double-frame story pays off, in spades..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
3.5 of 5

“..as with Tron: Legacy, from a design perspective the film is faultless and a thing of beauty..”
by Rob Beames [What Culture]

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“..a jumble of half-baked ideas, none particularly interesting..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]


“..Blomkamp's ideas feel depleted this time, dulled by repetition and other cinematic droids that stretch from HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Ultron in the upcoming sequel to The Avengers..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..Winstead is one of the most intuitive actors of her generation, and though her impressive range is easy to spot, it's her elasticity that makes her so rewarding to watch..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]


“..Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess are solid as two of the four kidnappers, but Swedish director Daniel Alfredson pushes the caper button too many times..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..the material is not exceptional, but Ms. Clarkson always is. She's that rare actress over 50 who seems to land a lot of the juicy roles her younger competitors covet..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]


“..yet there is a touching sincerity to the entire enterprise, its lumpiness coming from a desire not to make things up, and if you can put away your cynicism, which I clearly am struggling with, the acting might win you over too..”
by Steve Morrissey [MovieSteve]


“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]