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Mars Needs Moms Reviews

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Top Critic
Eric D. Snider
March 21, 2011
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!
Full Review | Original Score: C
Leonard Maltin
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March 20, 2011
Talk all you want about technique: a good animated film depends on story and character, and it's those vital ingredients that make Mars Needs Moms so entertaining. It's also
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 19, 2011
"Mars Needs Moms" is only consistent in that it's a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
March 16, 2011
Darker than expected but with a good theme: moms are great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
March 15, 2011
What America doesn't need is more of these live action animated movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 15, 2011
Forget about the IMAX and 3-D, wait for the dvd.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 15, 2011
As used by Zemeckis, 'performance capture' technology turns actors into inferior simulacra of themselves. The effect of this 'realism' is not just creepy but kitschy -- and even ugly when placed in this story's anti-woman context...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 14, 2011
... unobjectionable enough for undemanding kids ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 14, 2011
It has the emotional gravity of a greeting card.
William Goss
March 14, 2011
Part anti-feminist, anti-authoritarian screed, part insufferable culture-clash comedy, and part suitable space shenanigans that are nonetheless stranded in the uncanny valley.
Nell Minow
March 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Fred Topel
Screen Junkies
March 12, 2011
The computer approximation of Joan Cusack's face looks like nothing. I don't get how anyone can look at that and think, 'We're onto something. Next time we'll tweak the cheeks a little more.'
David Nusair
March 12, 2011
...a solid computer-animated flick that should leave adults just as satisfied and entertained as kids.
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 12, 2011
So, okay, men are completely irresponsible slobs, which is why women need to be unceasing nags. Check. Great message for the kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
March 11, 2011
The animation, special effects and sound effects are top drawer. This family-friendly entertainment package comes with a lasting side benefit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
March 11, 2011
Mars Needs Moms is visually inventive and occasionally emotionally potent, but feels overly padded in its attempt to stretch such a short story to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 11, 2011
More dreary than fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
March 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
March 11, 2011
I'd rather watch hand puppets deliver clever dialogue than watch the most cutting-edge supercomputer-generated non-humans mouthing dull, uninspired nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Frese
Kansas City Star
March 11, 2011
A fun, all-ages space adventure.
| Original Score: 3/4
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