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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 served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"A mess."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Where John Carter continually gets it right is pacing, levity, and breadth of story."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"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."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
""John Carter" is certainly an interesting idea for a film, with a power struggle on an alien world and an outsider affecting the balance, but sadly it never ends up fully working."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"One of the best sci-fi fantasy films in a long, long time."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"This wannabe epic is forgettable, bland and way too long."
‑ John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews
"If Cecil B. DeMille were alive today and given the chance to direct a special effects-laden fantasy adventure on Mars, he might have made something similar to Andrew Stanton's visually stunning epic "John Carter.""
‑ Justin Craig,
"Once John Carter gets past laying out the specifics of the various Martian cultures and tensions, it settles into a pleasant groove that recalls the old Saturday afternoon serials."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It isn't bad so much as innocuous, $250-million worth of innocuous, framed by a decent start and a solid finish but sagging through the long middle like a cheap mattress."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"They should have just let their freak flag fly and said, "To hell with it, here's 100 minutes of John Carter punching aliens.""
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A mightily entertaining, oft-cheesy, oft-soaring spectacle packed with more pulp than Florida's finest fruit."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"It's one of those big-screen enterprises that doesn't leave much residue (not to mention pleasure) once its moved on to conquer its next audience."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
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