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Mars Needs Moms Reviews

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David Keyes

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/4

January 31, 2014
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

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

June 2, 2013
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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

December 29, 2011
Guy Haley
SFX Magazine

A solid, vibrant family film that parents and young-ish nippers can enjoy together.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2011
James Luxford
The National

a disposable family adventure it more than fits the bill

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2011
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...

Full Review Source: indieWIRE

August 12, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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 Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 8, 2011
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

An extraordinary achievement in character expressiveness and realistic movement limited by a storyline for a pre-middle school audience.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 2, 2011
Matt Fowler
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2011
Dan Gear

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 Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2011
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

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 Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

April 13, 2011
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

The credited director is Simon Wells (The Time Machine), but the grotesque characters and dark action bear the Zemeckis stamp.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 13, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 13, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

April 13, 2011
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

April 12, 2011

Offers yet more proof that performance capture is a terrible idea when it comes to making fully animated feature films.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 10, 2011
Philip French
Guardian [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]

April 10, 2011
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Mars Needs To Work Out How To Animate Humans So They Don't Look Like Possessed Shop Window Dummies.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

April 9, 2011
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

Motion-capture animation takes a giant step backwards with this unappealing outer-space adventure.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 8, 2011
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