John Carter

John Carter

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John Carter

Disney 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
ActionAdventureFantasyScience Fiction
70%
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Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Big on ambition and disappointingly short on action.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A giant, suffocating doughy feast of boredom.

1.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0

If you loved the boring, predictable hogwash that was 'Cowboys & Aliens;' if you love popcorn family inaction movies like 'Transyawners' 2 & 3 or the camp oldy sci-fi of 'Flash Gordon' - then 'John Carter' will gobble your socks off. However, if you find cardboard characters, bad acting and a script so excruciatingly terrible that it makes Michael...

2.0
0

With only the trailer to go on, you could be forgiven for assuming John Carter would be an average mashup of Prince of Persia and Avatar. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was probably one of the best movies I've seen this year. John Carter has all the ingredients of a great adventure story - the reluctant hero, the feisty princess, a...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Big on ambition and disappointingly short on action.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"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.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A giant, suffocating doughy feast of boredom.

1.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

0

If you loved the boring, predictable hogwash that was 'Cowboys & Aliens;' if you love popcorn family inaction movies like 'Transyawners' 2 & 3 or the camp oldy sci-fi of 'Flash Gordon' - then 'John Carter' will gobble your socks off. However, if you find cardboard characters, bad acting and a script so excruciatingly terrible that it makes Michael...

2.0
0

With only the trailer to go on, you could be forgiven for assuming John Carter would be an average mashup of Prince of Persia and Avatar. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was probably one of the best movies I've seen this year. John Carter has all the ingredients of a great adventure story - the reluctant hero, the feisty princess, a...

4.0
0