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Mars Needs Moms Reviews

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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
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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 14, 2011
It has the emotional gravity of a greeting card.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
March 9, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
April 8, 2011
It's an interplanetary clunker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 11, 2011
More dreary than fun.
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 6, 2011
89 minutes of ... near-lifeless 'animated' characters who are constantly struggling to break through the stifling limitations of 'motion capture' technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2011
The tone baffles and wobbles. This is one of the least visually appealing films ever to go out under the Disney banner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2011
Mars may need moms, but Earth needs good movies, and this isn't one of them.
William Goss
Cinematical
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.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
April 7, 2011
While the multi-level Mars is an impressive backdrop there's no getting past performance capture problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
April 7, 2011
Mars may need moms, but does Earth need this movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
April 7, 2011
None of it makes much sense, the characters are largely annoying and the underground Martian city is drab and uninviting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike Hale
New York Times
March 11, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 8, 2011
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.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
March 8, 2011
Mars Needs Moms is so rambunctious that it snuffs out much of the story's potential charm and pathos.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 10, 2011
Red and Battle: Convoluted story, motion capture sucks warmth out of every scene
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 11, 2011
The best way to enjoy "Mars Needs Moms"? Skip the movie and watch the closing credits.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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