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8/12/2011 by Leonard MaltinAs 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...
4/6/2011 by Tom HuddlestonThe '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...
3/25/2011 by Rafer GuzmanThe 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.
3/21/2011 by Eric D. SniderThey 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!
3/12/2011 by Stephen WhittySo, okay, men are completely irresponsible slobs, which is why women need to be unceasing nags. Check. Great message for the kids.
3/11/2011 by Tom LongThis 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.
Globe and Mail
3/11/2011 by Stephen ColeEven 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.
New York Times
3/11/2011 by Mike HaleIt 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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
3/11/2011 by Jody MitoriIf 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.
New York Post
3/11/2011 by Lou LumenickAside from a relatively brief appearance by Joan Cusack's avatar as the kidnapped mother, there are no involving characters or situations.
3/11/2011 by Sean O'ConnellWhile 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.
San Francisco Chronicle
3/10/2011 by Mick LaSalleTalk about setting the bar too low, especially in a movie that kids will be watching.
3/10/2011 by Claudia PuigThe 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.
Dallas Morning News
3/10/2011 by Nancy ChurninFamilies may be pleasantly surprised to find this an often thrilling and imaginative ride for younger kids with a big helping of heart for parents.
Wall Street Journal
3/10/2011 by Joe MorgensternMars may need moms, but Earth needs good movies, and this isn't one of them.
Los Angeles Times
3/10/2011 by Betsy SharkeyInstead of breathing life into cartoonist Berkeley Breathed's cheeky kids morality tale, the movie - with all its 3-D motion capture animation flash - flatlines.
3/10/2011 by Peter HowellMars Needs Moms isn't much of a movie, but it's a great teaching tool for how not to make an animated film.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
3/10/2011 by Tom Horgen"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.
3/10/2011 by Tom Russo"Mars'' needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize.
3/10/2011 by Keith PhippsAn entertaining, accomplished movie that shows off what its signature technology can do...
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