John Carter 3D Synopsis
A human military commander (Taylor Kitsch) becomes embroiled in an epic conflict on Mars.

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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Against the odds, John Carter is itself pretty amazing - an epic pulp saga that slowly rises to the level of its best imitations and wins...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Director Andrew Stanton's Disney extravaganza is a rather charming pastiche.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
John Carter bites off more than even Woola can chew, but it's built on something rare: wonder instead of Hollywood cynicism.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
That's kind of the aesthetic that Stanton is going for: over-the-top pulp. But there's something generic about the digitally rendered...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
What director Andrew Stanton has brought forth from Burroughs' limited, hoary source material is actually kind of fun.
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By Ian Buckwalter
When Stanton lets the film be pure popcorn entertainment, with swashbuckling set pieces and lovably corny romanticism, it's a great ride in...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the project, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel "A Princess of Mars," is ambitious, it's also bloated, dreary and humorless.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This new Disney film, marked by myriad lapses and marketing follies, bears the woefully familiar earmarks of a big studio production that...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The opening to John Carter is a dud, a battle between airships made of woven bamboo, bursting into computer-generated flame over a sandy...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Nothing in John Carter really works, since everything in the movie has been done so many times before, and so much better.
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Geezer goes to the movies

By redthomas
I read the books in 1975 and have been watching movie technology evolve to the point where this movie could happen. For the first time in my life I'm going to a midnight first showing, I let you...

Surprised and satisfied

By Jenzamayia
If you have read the books, you will be very satisfied the way they have played the characters straight parody. This is a grand adventure that wins you over bit by bit. The 3D makes this...

Very Barsoomian

By blushing_crow
As a fan of the series, I was very happy with the way this film turned out. The tone of the movie mostly felt very in tune with the books. There were a lot of changes form the books, but almost all...

John Carter enjoyable for all

By Collie1
So for its the first movies I found entertaining and fun. Few changes from the book but Edgar never saw the future of 3D movies what a director could do, poor Tarzan might be next, but I do hope they...


By ausdougmac
went to midnight showing and Man it was good... I do get tired of the Love story in EVERY Disney movie but it wasn't a big distraction from the show........

John Carter 3d

By leonardrayparks
Movie was actually pretty good, not sure how it compared to the books but i enjoyed it. i felt the 3d was not necessary since nothing jumped out at me. The movie itself had plenty of action and a...

Best 3D IMAX movie I've seen (didn't see Avatar in 3D), but probably not worth seeing in 2D

By Lost Ion
It has some awesome parts, but I do not think it is worth watching in 2D except for 15ish minutes or so. Funniest parts are early on with Breaking Bad dude. A dozen or so 90 second long sequences...

Very good, quite original, great family movie.

By mary_at_the_movies
I was worried because of the reviews and corny promos. However, we went to see it in 3D last night and absolutely loved it. It was much better than avatar, as far as story goes. Very entertaining...

John Carter

By georgemmcdowell
I'd seen some review out there that only gave it two stars (?!), and yet movies like Hugo got rave reviews (?!). I think they've got that backwards. This movie was a great family experience. Disney...

It was decent enough

By HoodCritic1
I had mixed feelings about seeing "John Carter." All of the trailers made me think of the film as an "Avatar" wannabe but it wasn't until later when I found out about the saga being the backbone of...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Sequences of Action and Intense Sequences of Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Mars-based action epic has strong fantasy violence.
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