John Carter Synopsis
Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians.
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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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John Carter... Original, Adventurous and Fun!

By Geek Soul Brother
Imagine INDIANA JONES, but in a rustic Sci-fi adventure. JOHN CARTER is mysteriously transported to Mars, where he meets strange people and creatures, fighting for control of the planet's limited...

John Carter or Princess of Mars

By permanentlyout
The movie was very well done with exceptional costumes. The explanation at the start of the movie was a must if you hadn't read the books. I wish they could have incorporated more of the story (how...

Wow!! Great Movie experience overall

By latnlvr8
Well first I want to mention that I sat in a huge theater with only about 20-25 people in it at the midnight showing. I never rate movies because i'm just a sci-fi fanatic and love movies overall....

Worth seeing! Don't listen to the critics on this one.

By drewski79
John Carter was awesome! Highly recommend. Was what Star Wars Ep. 1 could/should have been. Great characters, action, romance, humor, effects. The ad campaign didn't do justice to what the movie is....

John Carter

By Beckmeister
Now that I have seen this movie I am inspired to read the books. This is a fun movie and kept my interest because of the time period it. I didn't know that such stories were written back in 1910. ...

John Carter

By jimcain
I liked this film because it fills in so many blanks in the innumerable references to these works by Burroughs. Heinlein in particular refers to John Carter and Deja Thoris with Barsoom as a...

Old Book -New Exiting View

By sunnyforever
This original BOOK was published in 1917 by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Because of the writing style of that day and the attempt to modernize this movie, while staying true to the original writing style of...

Worth The Ticket.

By Chicago_Wingman
This is an enjoyable movie. Yeah, there are some scenes that seem to drag, and sometimes the logic of the film's stoyline can be quite difficult to follow. But when you have some patience and just go...

This movie is so under-rated!!!!

By theeraserhead
I've never hated movie critics with so much passion like now. There is a point when people become too intellectual that they lose all common sense and imagination and become plain ego maniacs...


By mogaiter
Even with the script differences I got the feel for the story. Loved the Barsoom series. Liked the movie enough that I plan on going again....

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Sequences of Violence and Intense Sequences of Action
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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