* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Some people who didn't want to watch the movie said they couldn't buy into the premise of a former Confederate soldier who goes to Mars and dresses like Conan.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=butMdidqqCs The end credit suite.]]
* ClicheStorm: A common criticism, despite the book being the originator for many sci-fi tropes. See also {{Troperrific}} on the film page.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Woola.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: It had the biggest opening day ever and the fourth biggest opening weekend ever in Russia while the American opening was mild. The Russian first-week gross amounted to $16.6 mln, or 56% of the U.S. gross; given the huge difference in cinema attendance figures and infrastructure between the two countries, it really is a spectacular achievement.
* HarsherInHindsight: Another Sci-Fi film produced by Disney, ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}'', also bombed at the box office, leading to the studios giving up on producing Sci-Fi films outside of Lucasfilm and Marvel Comics, and cancelling the highly anticipated sequel to ''Film/TronLegacy''. A lot of ''John Carter'' fans have taken pity on the ''Tron'' fans for this reason.
* HilariousInHindsight: Matai Shang (played by Mark Strong) gives the traitor a weapon that acts like a GreenLanternRing. By this point, Mark played [[Film/GreenLantern Sinestro.]]
* NightmareFuel: The cries of the just-hatched baby Tharks are... unsettling, to say the least...
** In the climax, [[spoiler:one of the Tharn's turns the bad guy to that blue weblike stuff. And then his head collapses. And then he almost does it to John.]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: The source material of this film inspired hits such as ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. Or inspired the works which inspired them. Yes, the "John Carter"-novels have been around for that long. In fact, {{Superman}} was basically a CaptainErsatz of John Carter himself, when he first debuted (just coming from an alien planet to Earth instead of the other way around).
* OneSceneWonder: Kantos Kan (played by James Purefoy) doesn't have much to do besides act as NumberTwo to his king, but he gets the spotlight when he helps John escape one of the several times he's taken prisoner or detained.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Source of many claims the film is a ripoff of more recent fiction such as ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''Film/TheLastSamurai''.
* SoOkayItsAverage: As much as it was panned, no one can say it's the worst film ever.
* TaintedByThePreview: Another reason cited for the movie's failure was a combination of bad marketing decisions -- Disney didn't want to include the word "Mars" in the title because of the bad blood generated by ''Film/MarsNeedsMoms'', and Andrew Stanton refused to let them use "From the creator of ''Tarzan'' and the director of ''WALL-E''" as a blurb. Because Stanton didn't shoot scenes that would look good in the trailer or need extensive effects work first, the original teaser trailer was a mishmash of shots that didn't adequately convey what the final movie would look like.
* UglyCute: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/woola_7701.PNG Woola.]] Also, the baby Tharks.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: From the aliens, to the backdrops of Mars, the film packs an amazing visual flair. Appropriate due to the fact that the director is from Pixar.
* TheWoobie: Sola.
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