John Carter


John Carter

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



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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 proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. -- (C) Walt Disney

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Taylor Kitsch
as John Carter
Lynn Collins
as Dejah Thoris
Willem Dafoe
as Tars Tarkas
Mark Strong (II)
as Matai Shang
Ciarán Hinds
as Tardos Mors
Dominic West
as Sab Than
James Purefoy
as Kantos Kan
Polly Walker
as Sarkoja
Daryl Sabara
as Edgar Rice Burroughs
Arkie Reece
as Stayman #1/Helm
Davood Ghadami
as Stayman #3
Pippa Nixon
as Lightmaster
James Embree
as Thern #2
Figs Jackman
as Man in the Bowler
Emily Tierney
as Pretty Woman in NYC Doorway
Edmund Kente
as Telegraph Clerk
Rupert Frazer
as Thompson
Kyle Agnew
as Stable Boy
Don Stark
as Dix the Storekeeper
Jared Cyr
as Rowdy #2
Sean Carrigan
as Cavalryman
Dusty Sorg
as Twitchy Corporal
Christopher Goodman
as Stockade Guard
Amanda Clayton
as Sarah Carter
Akima Castaneda
as Apache Leader
Joe Billingiere
as Apache #1
Phil Cheadle
as Thern in Cave
David Schwimmer
as Young Thark Warrior
Arnie Alpert
as Council Member #1
Ian Ray
as Council Member #2
Peggy Clements
as Council Member #3
Evelyn Dubuc
as Council Member #4
Connie Jhil McEntyre
as Council Member #5
Emma Clifford
as Lightman/Helm
Oliver Boot
as Bodyguard (Matai)
Rebecca Sarker
as Stayman #1/Navigator
Philip Arditti
as Spotter #2
Jon Favreau
as Thark Bookie
Art Malik
as Zodangan General
Holly Weston
as Carter's Wife (Corpse)
Gary Milner
as Zodangan Officer (Matai)
Cate Fowler
as Matron of Chamber (Matai)
Darwin Shaw
as Zodangan Officer (Matai)
Eileen Page
as Elderly Woman (Matai)
Si Evans
as Zodangan Guard
Steven Cree
as Humble Guard
Garry Tubbs
as Orkney Dig Worker
Myriam Acharki
as Priestess
Jill Baker
as Additional Voice
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Critic Reviews for John Carter

All Critics (229) | Top Critics (47)

  • A mess.

    Mar 26, 2012

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • As one of Pixar's star players, Stanton is an experienced cinematic storyteller, which is why it's disappointing that his first live-action project is so unwieldy at times.

    Mar 16, 2012 | Rating: 2.1/2 | Full Review…
  • Stanton should go back to making machines talk. He puts much more humanity into them than he manages to extract from Burroughs, even with all that nostalgia working for him.

    Mar 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a delightfully unfashionable cheesiness about John Carter, a film for all the family, but in particular sci-fi fantasy geeks and older gentlemen who have never been able to relinquish the spiffing derring-do of Burroughs.

    Mar 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    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.

    Mar 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 9, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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
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
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


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
Red Lats

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.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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