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Mars Needs Moms Reviews

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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
August 12, 2011
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...
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 6, 2011
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 25, 2011
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.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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
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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
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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-
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
March 11, 2011
Even though Mars Needs Moms isn't female-friendly, mothers looking for quality time with 6- to 12-year-old boys could do worse than book group passage there soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 11, 2011
Aside from a relatively brief appearance by Joan Cusack's avatar as the kidnapped mother, there are no involving characters or situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
March 11, 2011
While Wells's ice-blue color scheme borrows from both "Tron" films and a litany of "Star Trek" episodes, a majestic musical score by the great composer John Powell somehow makes everything old feel fresh and wondrous again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 10, 2011
Talk about setting the bar too low, especially in a movie that kids will be watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 10, 2011
The movie is hampered by uninteresting characters, a predictable story and 3-D technology, which darkens even the brightest colors and detracts from the vibrancy of the tale.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 10, 2011
Families may be pleasantly surprised to find this an often thrilling and imaginative ride for younger kids with a big helping of heart for parents.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011
Instead of breathing life into cartoonist Berkeley Breathed's cheeky kids morality tale, the movie - with all its 3-D motion capture animation flash - flatlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 10, 2011
Mars Needs Moms isn't much of a movie, but it's a great teaching tool for how not to make an animated film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 10, 2011
"Mars Needs Moms" doesn't crash-land into "Yogi Bear" territory, but it definitely doesn't soar to "Toy Story 3" heights of animated grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
March 10, 2011
"Mars'' needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 10, 2011
An entertaining, accomplished movie that shows off what its signature technology can do...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 10, 2011
Mars Needs Moms is precisely the sort of mess that just grows more depressing the more one ruminates on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 10, 2011
It's based on a children's book by Berkeley Breathed, creator of the classic comic "Bloom County," so there's a shaggy, countercultural vibe; if you get in the groove, it's a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 10, 2011
What's missing, especially in an era when we've invested so much hope for extraterrestrial life by sending real probes to the real Mars, is a sense of wonder.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 9, 2011
Enhanced by nimble ad-libbing from the comedy-trained cast, the screenplay is delightful, by turns funny and emotional...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 9, 2011
Light enough in tone, but plastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
March 9, 2011
After years of animators riding the post-Pixar renaissance and filmgoers feasting on the fruits of their labor, we may have finally hit a collective moment of big-screen-toon fatigue.
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.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
March 8, 2011
With originality an alien concept, the film proves to be the equivalent of sci-fi-cinema training wheels.
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March 8, 2011
Working against an ungainly title and a rather formulaic marketing campaign, pic is a modestly enjoyable performance-capture creation bearing the unmistakable imprint of producer Robert Zemeckis.