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Mars Needs Moms: An IMAX 3D Experience Synopsis
A tech-savvy Earthman and a rebel Martian join a boy's quest to rescue his kidnapped mother.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is also visually magnificent - modestly so. Plus, it's half the length of "Avatar."
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Washington Post

A majestic musical score by the great composer John Powell somehow makes everything old feel fresh and wondrous again.
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By Michelle Orange
I salute the effort to go somewhere strange in Mars Needs Moms; if only a fully realized idea - and not the same, barely concealed...
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
"Mars" needs Mom more than the filmmakers seem to realize.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
It's amazing to see, but potentially unsettling. Green is now 37. And it may be more than some mothers can take, imagining themselves...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
While not every family film can plant a flag here, the happily offbeat Mars Needs Moms turns out to be a charming, subversive, minor...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The three most important things in movies are story, story, story so the movie never comes off as the considerable achievement it truly is.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Mars Needs Moms floats about 45 minutes' worth of story in an 88-minute ocean.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie has more charm when it's earthbound. Cusack and Green's mother-son repartee has sharp comic timing. Once the story veers off to...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
There's nothing to be said in favor of sitting through garbage, and this movie is awash in the stuff, both figuratively and literally: One...
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mars needs moms for this movie in IMAX 3D

By harrysmoviecrazy
Must go because it is in IMAX 3D....

If you can see it for FREE in 3D Imax, maybe...

By mofreedom05
I went into this movie knowing that it didn't get the best reviews, but I figured that it might be worth seeing on a really big screen in 3D.....When you set your expectations low, and the movie still...

pleasantly surprised

By pbrownschidle
Went in to this movie not knowing what to expect and it exceeded my expectations. Great story line, a little sad at times so probably not for under age 7....

A little too heavy for little ones.

By TriciaDewar
Took my 3 year old niece, my 4 year old son and my 9 year old daughter to see this. There were not enough funny, light-hearted parts in the movie. We got a little bored half way through. Wishing...

Mars Needs Moms

By movielover_impala94
Very good - quite funny at times, but with a really good story line and message to kids - Moms are really important and it is OK to say you love her!...

Mars Need Moms

By rboone03
This movie is great for all ages. It helps children to understand that a mom's job is very important and they should be appreciated....

Mars Needs Moms- Great Movie

By angelmelissa83
My son (7 yrs old) and I LOVED this movie. Aside from its clever humor it definitely touched our hearts when it comes to "naggy moms" and the kids who don't want to do their chores :p It was a great...

Cute movie for all ages!!

By tuxc5
This movie was right on with animation, sound, and story line!! My children walked out thanking me for what I do as a mom and said they loved me. With todays society children do not appreciate the...


By EricFango
Review: the movie was a kick for our four year old son, (and Wife) even prompting him to 'reach out' towards the screen. One downer: the 3D occasionally hurt their eyes. Overall: they liked it!...

mr Flowers

By dogteacher7
Good movie, good experience......

More Info

Rated PG | For Sci-fi action and peril
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Surprisingly touching adventure has sad moments amid comedy.
Read the Common Sense Media Review