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.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • The film's title is simply John Carter, he doesn't really get the title of "John Carter of Mars" until the end of the film. (However fortuitous, the lack of Mars in the title was originally due to Executive Meddling.)
      • The film actually lampshades this by displaying the title on screen a second time at the end of the film... this time in full.
    • The first trailer featured the Arcade Fire song "My Body is a Cage" as covered by Peter Gabriel. The lyrics start with: My body is a cage / That keeps me from dancing / With the one I love / But my mind holds the key. At the end of the film John's Earth body keeps him from being with Dejah, and he uses his wits to find a way to return to Mars. (His Mars body is a duplicate while the original is left in suspended animation.)
    • The second trailer had a symphonic instrumental cover of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". Though unused, the lyrics start with: Oh let the sun beat down upon my face / Stars to fill my dream / I am a traveler of both time and space / to be where I have been.
  • 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/History Repeats: 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 LucasArts 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. Mark would later play Sinestro.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The cries of the just-hatched baby Tharks are... unsettling, to say the least...
    • In the climax, 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.
  • 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.
  • Pungeon Master: As usual, Michael Giacchino's titles for the tracks from the score are about twenty percent terrible puns: 'A Thern Warning', 'Thernabout', 'The Carter They Fall', and so on.
  • 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.