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.
| Original Score: 2/5
If Breathed's style could have been applied to the animation, this offbeat story would have a better chance at success. Instead, we're left with a kids' movie that leaves audiences cold.
| Original Score: 2/4
It has the emotional gravity of a greeting card.
Feels like an amalgamation of other animated films' styles and storylines, assembled by a marketing department bent on hitting a demographic sweet spot rather than artists following their muse.
It's an interplanetary clunker.
| Original Score: 1/5
More dreary than fun.
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.
89 minutes of ... near-lifeless 'animated' characters who are constantly struggling to break through the stifling limitations of 'motion capture' technology.
Important note: if you are going to make a film whose moral is that mechanical objects can never replace people (or Martians), try not to make exactly that mistake.
| Original Score: D
The tone baffles and wobbles. This is one of the least visually appealing films ever to go out under the Disney banner.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Mars may need moms, but Earth needs good movies, and this isn't one of them.
Part anti-feminist, anti-authoritarian screed, part insufferable culture-clash comedy, and part suitable space shenanigans that are nonetheless stranded in the uncanny valley.
While the multi-level Mars is an impressive backdrop there's no getting past performance capture problems.
Mars may need moms, but does Earth need this movie?
None of it makes much sense, the characters are largely annoying and the underground Martian city is drab and uninviting.
It seems that it's time to admit that dressing actors in LED-studded catsuits, asking them to give performances on sterile white sets and handing the results to a team of computer animators is not a way to make a good movie.
The skill level of this motion capture animation is getting better all the time. So Mars is accomplished at every level. But the three most important things in movies are story, story, story.
Mars Needs Moms is so rambunctious that it snuffs out much of the story's potential charm and pathos.
Red and Battle: Convoluted story, motion capture sucks warmth out of every scene
The best way to enjoy "Mars Needs Moms"? Skip the movie and watch the closing credits.