John Carter
John Carter (2012)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 9, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

David Denby
New Yorker

A mess.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

As negative-leaning as most of this article is, "John Carter" is still fun and offers occasional moments of glory.

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Leonard Maltin

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.

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Laremy Legel

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

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Craig D. Lindsey

The movie is still one tacky sight.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Glenn Dunks

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
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… More
xGary Xx
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… More
Dean King
I saw this not knowing too much about it, although heard it got bad reviews. It's impressive in terms of scope, production and cast. The plot and story… More
Red Lats
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… More
Cynthia S.
This wasn't a bad movie at all. No Raiders of the Lost Ark, but most definitely entertaining...