YMMV / John Carter

  • Audience-Alienating Premise: 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.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The end credit suite.
  • Cliché Storm: A common criticism, despite the book being the originator for many sci-fi tropes. See also Troperrific on the film page.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Woola.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Another Sci-Fi film produced by Disney, 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 TRON: Legacy. A lot of John Carter fans have taken pity on the Tron fans for this reason.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Matai Shang (played by Mark Strong) gives the traitor a weapon that acts like a Green Lantern Ring. By this point, Mark played Sinestro.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The cries of the just-hatched baby Tharks are... unsettling, to say the least...
    • In the climax, one of the Thern's turns Sab Than to that blue weblike stuff. And then his head caves in. And then he almost does it to John.
  • Older Than They Think: The source material of this film inspired hits such as Star Wars and 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 Captain Ersatz of John Carter himself, when he first debuted (just coming from an alien planet to Earth instead of the other way around).
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kantos Kan (played by James Purefoy) doesn't have much to do besides act as Number Two to his king, but he gets the spotlight when he helps John escape one of the several times he's taken prisoner or detained.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Source of many claims the film is a ripoff of more recent fiction such as Avatar and The Last Samurai.
  • So Okay, It's Average: As much as it was panned, no one can say it's the worst film ever.
  • Tainted by the Preview: 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 Mars Needs Moms, 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.
  • Ugly Cute: Woola. Also, the baby Tharks.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: 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.
  • The Woobie: Sola.