One difference between the big-budget box-office failures of Disney's "John Carter" and "The Lone Ranger" was the reviews. Film critics weren't gushing, but a good portion were quite taken with "John Carter" and sung its praises.
'Ranger' also has its defenders, but most critics tore into the $250 million-budget film which has made a mere $87 million at the domestic box office so far. Now, those behind it are blaming film reviewers for the lack of turnout to see the film.
Actor Johnny Depp tells Yahoo UK:
"I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we even released the film. I think the reviews were probably written when they heard that Gore (Verbinski) and Jerry (Bruckheimer) and I were going to do 'The Lone Ranger.' They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn't have any expectations of that. I never do."
For the record, Depp and Verbinski's previous teaming, the animated film "Rango," scored great acclaim with critics. "The Lone Ranger" producer Jerry Bruckheimer adds:
"I think they were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie. The audience doesn't care what the budget is — they pay the same amount to see the movie if it costs a dollar or $20 million. It's unfortunate because the movie is a terrific movie, it's a great epic film. It has lots of humor. Its one of those movies that whatever critics missed in it this time, they'll review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake."
Finally, co-star Armie Hammer says:
"While we were making it we kind of knew that people were gunning for it. I think it was the popular thing when the movie hit rocky terrain to jump on the bandwagon to try and bash it. They tried to do the same thing with 'World War Z'; it didn't work, the movie was successful. Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie."