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Rated PG-13 · 132 minutes · 2012

Action, Adventure, Science fiction
Disney doesn’t misfire very often; a bad movie that doesn’t make money is hard to find in Disney’s recent catalog. But John Carter comes close, perhaps because they’ve set the bar so incredibly high. It’s not a lousy effort, but given how much the studio is banking on it, the film is rather empty. And given how much bank went into making it (a reported $250 million, plus marketing costs), there’s a real chance this won’t make a strong profit. A lot of space epics hold up to repeat viewings, even if the dialogue is cheesy or the effects aren’t all that great, because the films are still fun rides. But John Carter isn’t very fun; it’s too long; and the lead character (played by Taylor Kitsch) is miscast. It’s very hard to overcome that last one. The effects are great, and the Mars-scape is believable, but those are just afterthoughts.


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Official Site: disney.go.com/johncarter/?cmp=wdsmp_jcm_url_johncarterarrives
Director: Andrew Stanton
Producer: Jim Morris, Colin Wilson and Lindsey Collins
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Church and Mark Strong

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Memphis Flyer Mars Needs Help High-tech sci-fi adventure could use more low-tech charm. by Chris Herrington 03/08/2012
Style Weekly John Carter, Richmonder? Sort of, despite his troubling lack of tattoos. by Melissa Scott Sinclair 03/08/2012
Style Weekly Worlds Away “John Carter” tries to satisfy the adventurous spirit of two generations. by Wayne Melton 03/13/2012
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Colorado Springs Independent Back to fun-damentals: John Carter I had a surprisingly good time with this one. And it all comes down to that "f" word. by Scott Renshaw 03/08/2012
Indy Week Disappointing Disney adaptation of pulp hero John Carter For the last 100 years, John Carter has been an inspirational, beloved hero. Now thanks to this adaptation, a pulp icon will be known as the jerkwad from that lame-ass Disney movie. by Craig D. Lindsey 03/07/2012
Arkansas Times Adrift in retro fantasy-land 'John Carter' lacks direction. by Sam Eifling 03/14/2012
The Coast Halifax Flawed John Carter Mars adventure a bit too crammed with ideas and effects by Matt Semansky 03/08/2012

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