John Carter (2012)



Critic 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.

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: Mark Atkins, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon, Andrew Stanton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2012
Box Office: $73.1M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for John Carter

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (43)

A mess.

Full Review… | March 26, 2012
New Yorker
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

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

"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

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

Audience Reviews for John Carter


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 sorta okay.
Is it still raining outside?

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx

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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.

Red Lats

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