Mars Needs Moms
Mars Needs Moms (2011)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cast is solid and it's visually well-crafted, but Mars Needs Moms suffers from a lack of imagination and heart.

Leonard Maltin

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...

Eric D. Snider

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!

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David Keyes

Here is a movie that seems at war with the notion that animation can inspire or invigorate.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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...

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

So, okay, men are completely irresponsible slobs, which is why women need to be unceasing nags. Check. Great message for the kids.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

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

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Rafer Guzman

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Unfortunately, one of those mass produced computer animated affairs (it seems like there's a ton of 'em) that finds actual storytelling a bothersome… More
Mike S
Mars needs more than just moms, but also a better script, funnier jokes and something to take it beyond genericness. Great visuals just doesn't cut it,… More
danny d
wow. the film features an interesting concept, and then does whatever possible to muck it up. a total train wreck. one of the worst kids movies i have ever… More
Jim Careter
Mars Needs moms is not a good kids film, even though the animation is incredible. The plot is a very boring and loses its train of though many times and starts… More
Luke Baldock
Oh dear. This was an incredibly lifeless effort. Mocap shows that it has a long way to go to capture humanity. This seems like the Mocap film least in need of… More
Matt Goodman
'Mars Needs Moms' is not a great film, it isn't even too good, which places it in the average zone. I found the first act very bright and… More