Mars Needs Moms Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 31, 2014
Here is a movie that seems at war with the notion that animation can inspire or invigorate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
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
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Guy Haley
SFX Magazine
December 22, 2011
A solid, vibrant family film that parents and young-ish nippers can enjoy together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Luxford
The National
September 1, 2011
a disposable family adventure it more than fits the bill
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
August 12, 2011
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...
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 8, 2011
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 2, 2011
An extraordinary achievement in character expressiveness and realistic movement limited by a storyline for a pre-middle school audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
June 20, 2011
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Gear
Moviedex
May 5, 2011
Infused with a half-baked psychedelic ethos, incorporating some rather incongruous imagery that is supposed to tie in with its simple-minded politics regarding ideas of child rearing and gender roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
April 14, 2011
If Mars Needs Moms had not have been produced using the mo-cap process -- which still hasn't fixed the problem where some folk have a spooky, neither-alive-nor-dead look -- it might have stood more chance of finding an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
April 13, 2011
What really sells this fabulous, kid-friendly 3D adventure to anybody over eight (no offense, kids) is its astonishing visuals, which uses motion-capture technology to a degree that surpasses what we saw in Avatar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
April 13, 2011
The credited director is Simon Wells (The Time Machine), but the grotesque characters and dark action bear the Zemeckis stamp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
FILMINK (Australia)
April 13, 2011
Mars Needs Moms becomes a stunning achievement not only in the visual and action stakes but emotionally as well, with a heartbreaking clarity putting into perspective the love and sacrifices that good mothers make for their children.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
April 13, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
April 12, 2011
Most kids (and any accompanying parents) will find this to be of a noticeably lower standard than many of the other children's films that have been released recently.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 10, 2011
Offers yet more proof that performance capture is a terrible idea when it comes to making fully animated feature films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Guardian
April 10, 2011
Children are unlikely to enjoy it, and parents will be aching for a few stiff drinks in a Mars bar long before it's over.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 9, 2011
Mars Needs To Work Out How To Animate Humans So They Don't Look Like Possessed Shop Window Dummies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
April 8, 2011
Motion-capture animation takes a giant step backwards with this unappealing outer-space adventure.
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