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John Carter (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 219
Fresh: 111
Rotten: 108

Critics Consensus: While John Carter looks terrific and delivers its share of pulpy thrills, it also suffers from uneven pacing and occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: While John Carter looks terrific and delivers its share of pulpy thrills, it also suffers from uneven pacing and occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 112,539

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Movie Info

From filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter-a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Andrew Stanton , Mark Andrews , Michael Chabon , Edgar Rice Burroughs
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 5, 2012
Box Office:
$73.1M
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for John Carter

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (111) | Rotten (108) | DVD (5)

A mess.

Full Review… | March 26, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

The most indelible performance in the film is not, strictly speaking, a performance at all. Rather it is Woola, a six-legged Martian hound who rather resembles a cross between a bulldog and a fetal gila monster.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The reported $250 million price tag for John Carter gives one pause. I suppose one could argue that masterpieces have no price. Then again, John Carter is no masterpiece.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Where John Carter continually gets it right is pacing, levity, and breadth of story.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

Whenever the fighting stops and two people have to stand and talk, all the air goes out of everything. Suddenly it feels as if we're in an empty theater, watching a dusty old sword-and-sandal epic.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It isn't bad so much as innocuous, $250-million worth of innocuous, framed by a decent start and a solid finish but sagging through the long middle like a cheap mattress.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even if Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume series is adapted by its three screenwriters into a nonsensical mess, then it should at least be a visual feast, right? Hardly.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013
Trespass

This wannabe epic is forgettable, bland and way too long.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
John Hanlon Reviews

They should have just let their freak flag fly and said, "To hell with it, here's 100 minutes of John Carter punching aliens."

Full Review… | June 23, 2013
Deadspin

"John Carter" is certainly an interesting idea for a film, with a power struggle on an alien world and an outsider affecting the balance, but sadly it never ends up fully working.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012
Examiner.com

If Cecil B. DeMille were alive today and given the chance to direct a special effects-laden fantasy adventure on Mars, he might have made something similar to Andrew Stanton's visually stunning epic "John Carter."

Full Review… | September 10, 2012
FoxNews.com

A mightily entertaining, oft-cheesy, oft-soaring spectacle packed with more pulp than Florida's finest fruit.

Full Review… | August 25, 2012

One of the best sci-fi fantasy films in a long, long time.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
CraveOnline

Once John Carter gets past laying out the specifics of the various Martian cultures and tensions, it settles into a pleasant groove that recalls the old Saturday afternoon serials.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It's one of those big-screen enterprises that doesn't leave much residue (not to mention pleasure) once its moved on to conquer its next audience.

Full Review… | July 15, 2012
Knight at the Movies

Not as bad as you've been lead to believe . . .

Full Review… | July 9, 2012
Sci-Fi Movie Page

John Carter is a visual delight at times, but the classic story is tiresome and the characters are largely unmemorable, leaving a cold, only occasionally thrilling experience.

Full Review… | June 7, 2012
IGN DVD

An undeniable disaster...of marketing. Join me on a tour of media headaches, and why they don't necessarily reflect the quality of the movie itself. [Blu-ray 3D]

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Groucho Reviews

Under Stanton's care 'John Carter' is the kind of tremendous fun-filled film that's worth going to the theater to see.

Full Review… | May 23, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

John Carter is for fans of pure, joyous, escapist, adventure cinema. Seeing John Carter unfamiliar with the text; it's very clear that the original text has influenced a hell of a lot of Sci-fi flicks that we've seen before.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
2UE That Movie Show

OK, they botched the title. But not the movie itself.

Full Review… | April 21, 2012
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Ambitious and often unwieldy, but savory in its construction and earnestness. John Carter is sadly undeserving of its flop status.

April 20, 2012
Projection Booth

Nothing here as inspired as the Lightsaber, but there's no Jar Jar Binks either.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Isn't the disaster some industry observers predicted, but it's not the high-gloss masterpiece some of us hoped for either.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
ScreenCrush

I understand John Carter likes being on Mars (superpowers + hot, intelligent princess). I just don't want to be there with him.

Full Review… | April 1, 2012
The Scorecard Review

The film is far from perfect. Sometimes it's silly. But, the action and the atmosphere make this a world worth exploring. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review… | March 29, 2012
CNNRadio

Audience Reviews for John Carter

A US cavalry officer is accidentally transported to Mars where he encounters a warring civilisation who require his help to end the conquest of their world by a brutal warlord. When talking about cynical marketing campaigns, it's usual to point to terrible films that become big hits through licensing, advertising and sponsorship deals, but the other side of the coin is John Carter. To say that this film bombed at the box office would be an understatement of the highest order. Those responsible for the marketing of this film fumbled the ball on such a colossal scale that it couldn't hope to recoup the reported budget of $250,000,000 despite the fact that it really isn't all that bad. It's fair to say that you can see where the money was spent; it's a very attractive film packed with nice production design, spectacular set pieces and a quality cast. The problem with John Carter is that it doesn't really capture the imagination in the way a large scale sci-fi adventure should. The culture created in the form of Barsoom is rather charmless and there's little in the way of chemistry between what should be the big romantic leads at its centre. There are also too many supporting characters who get too little screen time on their own making it hard to care about any of the protagonists. But by far the biggest blunder is in how seriously it takes itself; a little campiness and a self-deprecating sense of humour would have gone a long way to making the film a lot more likeable. The result is a po-faced cross between Flash Gordon and Xena: Warrior Princess with a big budget but having said all that, the pacey if somewhat episodic plot and large scale battle sequences maintain the interest for the duration. As a whole it's rather too clinical and soulless but John Carter didn't deserve to sink without a trace and I'd much rather sit through it again than The Phantom Menace or Attack Of The Clones.

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garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

I like science fiction, and enjoyed the movie. Perhaps not having read "A Princess of Mars" is a good thing, as I didn't have the book to compare to.

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Redlats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

Its a rainy Saturday afternoon movie for tweens.
That said, Edgar Rice Burroughs isn't too badly served by this leave-your-thinking-cap-off glorioski extravaganza, with miles and miles of CGI animation used to get ... meh.
Yer gonna need more popcorn. Its fun.

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

John Carter must've been pretty cool at the time the books were released, but so many things since, including Star Wars and Dune - have been ripped off or inspired by John Carter -- so revisiting the John Carter tale in these modern movie times, seems dull and tired. The beginning was weighted down by the backstory wild-west setting on Earth - when viewers simply wanted to get to Barsoom and begin the excitement. The arena scenes were soo much like Attack of the Clones on the Geonosis planet. I tried several times, but just couldn't get into this movie, even when re-watching in 3D. Most of the creatures were icky. Poor Disney lost money on this thing - maybe they can re-use some of the sets and costumes in the next Star Wars movies.

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YosemiteSamFan
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

John Carter Quotes


John Carter:
The Jeddak of Zodanga means to quash Helium this very night, and if Helium falls, so does Barsoom. We must throw out the thought of old hatreds. Tharks did not cause this, but by Issus, Tharks will end it! We ride for Zodanga!
– Submitted by Adam O (17 months ago)
Dejah Thoris:
No. It is your will. When I was little and we would look up at the stars, and you would tell me of the heroes whose glory was written in the sky. How there was a star up there for me. Is this what you imagined would be written on it?
– Submitted by Adam O (17 months ago)
Dejah Thoris:
I'm getting away!
– Submitted by Adam O (17 months ago)
Tars Tarkas:
Did I not tell you he could jump!
– Submitted by Adam O (17 months ago)
Dejah Thoris:
Let me know when it gets dangerous.
– Submitted by Tom L (19 months ago)
Dejah Thoris:
He shot me out of the sky!
– Submitted by Tom L (19 months ago)

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