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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Director Andrew Stanton's Disney extravaganza is a rather charming pastiche.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
John Carter bites off more than even Woola can chew, but it's built on something rare: wonder instead of Hollywood cynicism.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
What director Andrew Stanton has brought forth from Burroughs' limited, hoary source material is actually kind of fun.
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55

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
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.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the project, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel "A Princess of Mars," is ambitious, it's also bloated, dreary and humorless.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Nothing in John Carter really works, since everything in the movie has been done so many times before, and so much better.
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51 out of 100
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