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John Carter

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

sci-fi & fantasy

From filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Cartera sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious planet of Barsoom (Mars). Filled with stunning special effects, it's a heroic and inspirational adventure that will thrill you beyond imagination.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Mars-based action epic has strong fantasy violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that John Carter is a swashbuckling inter-planetary adventure based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' first book in the John Carter series, A Princess of Mars. There's an underlying romance to most of the story, but it's the movie's violence that might alarm parents of younger tweens. It's prevalent throughout the film and gets gory in a couple of scenes -- like when John (played by Taylor Kitsch) bursts through the body of a giant Martian monster he's just killed or decapitates a tyrannous warlord. Despite John Carter's war-like violence, none of the "good guys" die (although they're shot at, injured, and even tortured). Plus, there are a couple of strong female characters, and an overriding message that there's a particular honor to being selfless, even if it puts your own life in danger.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the hero's journey -- how does John Carter grow to accept that his destiny is on Mars? What makes him eventually feel at home in Barsoom? What other swashbuckling heroes is he like?
  • Some say that John Carter relies too heavily on elements from other movie franchises. What portions of the story remind you of other sci-fi tales? What parts make it unique? And is it fair to make those claims when the stories that inspired John Carter predate the movies?
  • Does the movie make you interested in checking out the books it's based on? Do you think the ending sets up the movie for a sequel?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 19
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Messy and chaotic ... but also colorful and kind of fun.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rotten: Gets off to such an incoherent start that it takes almost the entire, interminable two-hour-plus running time to catch up.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 9, 2012

Rotten: It starts with a great story - of love and politics, time travel and mystical pathways between planets - badly sucked dry.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 8, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It was good. I'll never get used to CG physics.

- FireStormStudios, Saturday, December 15, 2012

3 stars

It was good. I'll never get used to CG physics.

- FireStormStudios, Saturday, December 15, 2012

3 stars

my friend told me that its like another gladiator movie with a mars background without watching it. I think its not just a gladiator movie. there's another story than a gladiator movie

- fb1019018362, Monday, December 3, 2012