(2012)

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75
Spirit counts for something too, and John Carter has plenty of that, in addition to the requisite dashes of wit.
75
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.
70
Director Andrew Stanton's Disney extravaganza is a rather charming pastiche.
63
John Carter bites off more than even Woola can chew, but it's built on something rare: wonder instead of Hollywood cynicism.
63
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.
60
What director Andrew Stanton has brought forth from Burroughs' limited, hoary source material is actually kind of fun.
55
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.
50
Though the project, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel "A Princess of Mars," is ambitious, it's also bloated, dreary and humorless.
40
Los Angeles Times
That John Carter is so hit and miss, and miss, and miss is unfortunate on any number of levels.
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.
25
Nothing in John Carter really works, since everything in the movie has been done so many times before, and so much better.
25
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.

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