Mars Needs Moms
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Take out the trash, eat your broccoli-who needs moms, anyway? Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind Disney's A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, Mars Needs Moms showcases Milo's quest to save his mom-a wild adventure in 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With the help of a tech-savvy, underground… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The 'Polar Express'-style CG-meets-live-action visuals are creepy and flat, the characters are largely nonexistent and the story takes so many short cuts that it becomes meaningless..."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"So, okay, men are completely irresponsible slobs, which is why women need to be unceasing nags. Check. Great message for the kids."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Here is a movie that seems at war with the notion that animation can inspire or invigorate."
‑ David Keyes,
"A solid, vibrant family film that parents and young-ish nippers can enjoy together."
‑ Guy Haley, SFX Magazine
"The whole fiasco turns out to be an excuse to let Seth Green play a (redubbed) little boy. Next time, maybe just cast a real boy, build some sets in an old barn, and have Mom make the costumes. [Blu-ray 3D]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film looks neither fully real nor fully imagined, which could be forgiven if Mars Needs Moms had something more to offer besides its nifty technology."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"This is just a big rollercoaster of a movie, filled with dazzling effects and funny creatures and the requisite five-hankie "I love you, Mom" ending. But then, there are some weird gender political battles at play here."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Mars Needs Moms actually entertained me. There's the bright colors and great 3D, but there's also some touching moments and grown-up wit"
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"a disposable family adventure it more than fits the bill"
‑ James Luxford, The National
"An extraordinary achievement in character expressiveness and realistic movement limited by a storyline for a pre-middle school audience."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"They took a small story, made it complicated and burdensome, filmed some actors performing it, turned those actors into affectless, mechanical cartoons, converted it to 3-D, and dropped it in theaters. Wheeee!"
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Even though Mars Needs Moms isn't female-friendly, mothers looking for quality time with 6- to 12-year-old boys could do worse than book group passage there soon."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Mars Needs Moms isn't as bad as you've heard, nor is it as good as it could have been. Will it entertain your family? That depends on how much your kids like mo-cap technology, and how much attention they pay to the inner logic of a film."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"As with a good live-action movie, it all begins with the script, and this one is solid-well thought-out, briskly paced, funny and sweet. In the end, it's the finished film that matters, not the process..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, indieWIRE
"Mars Needs Moms dares to venture into some sad, tragic territory which, in a perverse way, made the film a bit more enjoyable and prevented it from being completely underwhelming"
‑ Matt Fowler, IGN Movies
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