It's enjoyable enough, but a live-action movie with a better script would have been much more engaging
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Good looks are about the only thing going for it.
| Original Score: 2/5
It's an interplanetary clunker.
| Original Score: 1/5
Wells's fast-paced film mixes action, comedy and some heart-tugging emotion, delivering out of this world thrills to audiences of all ages.
While the multi-level Mars is an impressive backdrop there's no getting past performance capture problems.
The incoherent, over-complicated storyline is played with much too much gravity, and the few jokes aren't funny.
None of it makes much sense, the characters are largely annoying and the underground Martian city is drab and uninviting.
Family comedies about Martians don't need to be plausible exactly, but they need to be smart and entertaining. This one is ho-hum, so-so and so what?
The story canters along at a merry pace and doesn't outstay its welcome.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's a stretch to stomach Seth Green's face having been reverse-engineered onto that of a 9-year-old boy...but Mars Needs Moms stands among few animated films able to scarcely broach that problematic uncanny valley.
Mars may need moms, but does Earth need this movie?
89 minutes of ... near-lifeless 'animated' characters who are constantly struggling to break through the stifling limitations of 'motion capture' technology.
Makes you long for the parentless state of the Martians the movie depicts, who kidnap a mother and inadvertently whisk up her little son during a mom-harvesting trip to Earth.
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...
It's a solid, well-made family movie proving - as if it really needed to be said - that mum is the word.
[S]pectacularly mediocre... There isn't a whole lot... to really recommend Moms beyond the fact that it's not particularly offensive.
An uninvolving mo-cap adventure that's well below par. Marvin the Martian would be unhappy to share his planet with this bunch.
Kids will enjoy this strangely touching tale about the bond between mothers and their children.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Don't be put off by the title. Wells harnesses 3D mo-cap wizardry for a children's adventure that balances storytelling and sci-fi.