John Carter 3D

John Carter 3D

John Carter 3D

Disney 3D sci-fi action-adventure in which Civil War vet John Carter (Taylor Kitsch, Battleship) is transplanted to Mars and becomes embroiled in an epic battle amongst the planet's inhabitants.

Formerly an Earthlike world, Mars became less hospitable when the oceans evaporated, the atmosphere thinned and the planet devolved into barbarism with the inhabitants - 12-foot tall green thugs called Tharks - fighting one another to survive. After encountering Thark leaders Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) and Tars Tarkas (Willem Defoe), Carter takes it upon himself to bring the planet back from the brink of collapse and save its people.

Based on the classic Barsoom novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, this marks the live-action debut from director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E).

2012Rating: M, contains violence132 minsUSA
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John Carter 3D / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Stanton has been given the resources to create an expansive, expensive world, but lacks the instincts to direct live-action, a limitation that shows most in the performances.

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Total Film

Total Film

Big on ambition and disappointingly short on action.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

"Mash-up" doesn't begin to capture this hectic hybrid; it's more like a paintball fight. Messy and chaotic, in other words, but also colorful and kind of fun.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A giant, suffocating doughy feast of boredom.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Does John Carter get the job done for the weekend action audience? Yes, I suppose it does. The massive city on legs that stomps across the landscape is well-done. The Tharks are ingenious, although I'm not sure why they need tusks. Lynn Collins makes a terrific heroine.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

That John Carter is so hit and miss, and miss, and miss is unfortunate on any number of levels.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Andrew Stanton's Disney extravaganza is a rather charming pastiche.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Stanton has built a fantastic world, but the action is unmemorable. Still, just about every sci-fi/fantasy/superhero adventure you ever loved is in here somewhere.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Rather than trying to overwhelm viewers by overloading the senses, John Carter's effects strive to create something new using as their foundation a book that's fired imaginations for the past century.

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