Mars Needs Moms Reviews

  • Enhanced by nimble ad-libbing from the comedy-trained cast, the screenplay is delightful, by turns funny and emotional...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Sean O'Connell — Washington Post

  • "Mars'' needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • With originality an alien concept, the film proves to be the equivalent of sci-fi-cinema training wheels.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Mars may need moms, but Earth needs good movies, and this isn't one of them.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Mars Needs Moms is precisely the sort of mess that just grows more depressing the more one ruminates on it.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The tone baffles and wobbles. This is one of the least visually appealing films ever to go out under the Disney banner.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • "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.

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Lael Loewenstein — Variety

  • Aside from a relatively brief appearance by Joan Cusack's avatar as the kidnapped mother, there are no involving characters or situations.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Light enough in tone, but plastic.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Mars Needs Moms isn't much of a movie, but it's a great teaching tool for how not to make an animated film.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • 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!

    Eric D. Snider —

  • 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...

    Leonard Maltin — indieWIRE

  • 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.

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

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