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Old 02-29-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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Update: March 26, 2012

Critics' Review for JOHN CARTER


Rotten Tomatoes: 51% Approval Rating (111 out of 216 critics liked it)

Consensus: While John Carter looks terrific and delivers its share of pulpy thrills, it also suffers from uneven pacing and occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization.





James Berardinelli - 3/4
John Carter is fast-paced - almost too fast-paced. There's a surfeit of story for its 132-minute running time and, in order to cram in everything, the backstory is related with an unseemly rapidity and the politics of Mars become a muddle. It doesn't take long to figure out who the good guys are, but it's not always clear why they are the good guys. Suffers from a convoluted plot and an anticlimactic resolution, but hits enough high notes along the way to be enjoyable.


Entertainment Weekly - D
Kitsch looks marvelous, but that's the problem: He looks a little too marvelous. He's all sexed up with little to do. He comes off more like the Abercrombie & Fitch model he once was. It's as if he were out to save an entire planet by lapsing into Derek Zoolander's poses. Nothing in John Carter really works, since everything in the movie has been done so many times before, and so much better.


Roger Ebert - 2.5/4
Does "John Carter" get the job done for the weekend action audience? Yes, I suppose it does. The massive city on legs that stomps across the landscape is well-done. The Tharks are ingenious, although I'm not sure why they need tusks. Lynn Collins makes a terrific heroine. And I enjoyed the story outside the story, about how Burroughs wrote a journal about what he saw and appears briefly as character.


Los Angeles Times - 2/5
That "John Carter" is so hit and miss, and miss, and miss is unfortunate on any number of levels. It starts with a great story — of love and politics, time travel and mystical pathways between planets — badly sucked dry. Filmmaker Andrew Stanton can't find a way to make Burroughs' now-familiar fantasy themes feel fresh.


New York Times - 3/5
Messy and chaotic, in other words, but also colorful and kind of fun. This may be a sign of the times, and a problem of scale. “John Carter” tries to evoke, to reanimate, a fondly recalled universe of B-movies, pulp novels and boys’ adventure magazines. But it pursues this modest goal according to blockbuster logic, which buries the easy, scrappy pleasures of the old stuff in expensive excess. A bad movie should not look this good.
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Update: March 6, 2012

Fantastic Fan Made Trailer for JOHN CARTER Focuses on Legacy




Only 3 days left until audience will finally see the story that changed modern science fiction. It's no secret that Disney missed a big opportunity with promoting John Carter. Last month was a 100th anniversary of A Princess of Mars (written in 1912 as Under the Moons of Mars), and they should have mention that in trailers and TV spots, or at least mention Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of John Carter. But no, we never got any of that. The same site who posted the amazing fan trailer, made another one titled "Heritage" which shows the legacy of Burroughs' century-old story.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo), the film also stars Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church, and Willem Dafoe. John Carter opens in IMAX and 3D on March 9th.


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Update: March 4, 2012

Watch a 10 Minute Clip from JOHN CARTER




A 10-minute clip from Andrew Stanton's John Carter has been released. The clip is taken from the beginning of the movie, before John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is transported to Mars. It also establishes the main character and sets up the rest of the film through the eyes of a fictionalized version of a young Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara). With the film hitting theaters just five days from now, I didn't watch the clip. Below that is also a critics TV spot for John Carter.

Directed by Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Finding Nemo), the film also stars Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Polly Walker, Thomas Haden Church, and Willem Dafoe. John Carter opens in IMAX and 3D on March 9th.




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