From: Los Angeles
I've yet to see a review of this movie come down somewhere in the middle.
Okay, because I always like to be a little different, I state that the major failure of the film was -- set design. It just did not convey the feeling of a genuine Martian civilization that you get from reading the Edgar Rice Burroughs books. And without a background to anchor the story in, the action becomes that much less believable.
On the other hand, the representation on-screen of the four-armed Tharks was expertly done. After a few minutes, you stopped thinking about it, and accepted it as entirely natural.
Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers?